Internet Use Plateaus Among Working-Age Americans

Posted by Frank Gallo - On September 09, 2015 (EST)

Internet Use Plateaus Among Working-Age Americans

According to the Pew Research Center’s review of various surveys, Internet use among working-age Americans has not grown in the past three years. Among all adults, about 84% used the Internet in 2015. Younger adults are most likely to use the Internet, but all three age groups under 65 who were tracked show essentially no change in the past three years: 18-29 year-olds (96-97%); 30-49 year-olds (92-93%); and 50-64 year-olds (81%).

Those with relatively less educational attainment and lower household incomes — the populations targeted by governmental employment and training programs — are least likely to use the Internet. Rural residents (78%) are also less likely to take advantage of the Internet than those in urban or suburban areas (both 85%). Given that the Internet is now a prerequisite for job search and an essential skill for most jobs, this lack of growth is troubling, and highlights the importance of the national network of U.S. Labor Department-funded American Job Centers (also commonly referred to as one-stop centers), especially in rural areas.

A 2013 survey found that nearly half (44%) of those who didn’t use the Internet asked others to perform online tasks for them.

See Americans’ Internet Access: 2000-2015. For the 2013 survey, see Who’s Not Online and Why.

The study didn’t distinguish Internet usage by labor force status. U.S. Census Bureau surveys do so, but the latest available survey is from 2013: see the Bureau’s Home page at Computer and Internet Use.




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