Study: Young adults in less debt, but have no credit


by CNN News

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Young adults are in less debt than they were a decade ago, but that's not a good thing.

Adults under 35 have more student loan debt and less exposure to credit card, car and home loans, according to a Pew Research Center study.

Researchers say that's a troubling sign for the economy.

The study found debt levels in young adults dropped nearly 14 percent between 2001 and 2010.

In comparison, debt levels for those 35 and older rose 63 percent in that same period.

The reason?

Most young adults are broke and therefore have no interest in taking on a mortgage or car loan.

Experts blame the decline on the weak job market.

Unemployment for young adults was more than two percentage points higher than their older peers in 2010 and 2011.

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