AZ Snapshot: Young Talent

Posted on July 27, 2016 • Category: Young Talent


Millennials (ages 18-34) who are “engaged” in their current jobs.
60% say they are open to different job opportunities.

How Millennials Want to Work and Live

Gallup Analytics, 2016


As America’s largest and least understood generation, Millennials will have a profound impact on the future strength of the nation’s workplace, its productivity and overall economic health. Every generation is ambitious, relatively uninvolved in their community in their early years and yet impatient for change. So are Millennials all that different from other generations when they were at the same stage of life?


Arizonans expressed great concern about the state’s ability to prepare and retain young talent in the Gallup Arizona Poll. Their concerns are focused on the need to make Arizona “the place to be” for young people, one of the 8 citizen goals that make up The Arizona We Want.

According to Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton, the new national research on Millennials reveals some key findings that go much deeper than our traditional sense of jobs and employment.

What do Millennials want?

  • A purpose, not just a paycheck
  • Personal development, not job satisfaction
  • Coaches, not bosses
  • Ongoing conversations, not annual reviews
  • To develop strengths, not fix weaknesses
  • A life, not just a job

Clifton goes on to say that Millennials are altering the social fabric of America and the world by four characteristics. They are UNATTACHED with no close ties to jobs, brands, traditional religious institutions or political parties. They are highly CONNECTED – with instant access to news, friends and a global perspective. They are UNCONSTRAINED by the way things used to get done. They are pushing for change in the workplace and see new definitions of family, gender and ethnic/religious perceptions. Millennials are IDEALISTIC and look for work that fuels their sense of purpose and importance in moving the world forward.

Young Arizona Millennials – 18 to 29-year olds – look a lot like their peers nationwide.


How would you describe your political views? 18 to 29-year olds




How often do you attend church, synagogue or mosque? Seldom/Never, 18 to 29-year olds





Employed full-time for an employer? - Yes, 18 to 29-year olds





Underemployment Index: Are you unemployed and looking for work or employed part-time and want full-time work? - Yes, 18 to 29-year olds




*Gallup data does not isolate Millennials (18 to 34-year olds) as a population group.



The Center is committed to advancing the goals of Arizona citizens and a key part of that is celebrating the success stories that characterize our state.

This week, the Brief spotlights four stories about young talent:
Student Vote Coalition
Explores the impact of One Arizona, a coalition of nonprofits working with youth, Latinos and single women to improve their lives through civic engagement.

Future Leaders Town Hall
Arizona students came together to discuss the bi-national economic relationship that joins Arizona to Mexico.

A Future with Purpose
The Center for Neighborhood Leadership, headed by Jessica Rubio, recently asked students in low-income-high-risk high schools what a sense of “purpose” means to them.

75.4 M Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest generation, according to population estimates released this month by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Millennials Overtake Baby Boomers as America’s Largest Generation  

Pew Research Center, April 25, 2016


59% Millennials who are single and have never been married.
Millennials, Marriage and Family  

Gallup Analytics, May 19, 2016


80% Millennials who have “some” or “a lot” of trust in the companies they do business with to keep their personal information secure.
Data Security: Not a Big Concern for Millennials  

Gallup Analytics, June 9, 2016


25% Millennials who are emotionally and psychologically attached to a brand, product or company.
Brands Aren’t Winning Millennial Consumers  

Gallup Analytics, June 15, 2016