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Nearly 3 in 10 millennials live with parents

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LOS ANGELES -- Nearly three in 10 millennials in the U.S. have had to move back in with their parents because they couldn't afford to live on their own, according to a new study.

More than 16 per cent of millennials currently live in their childhood bedrooms because of financial strains, and nearly 12 per cent have had to do so in the past, according to the report by PayScale Inc. and Millennial Branding, a consulting firm.

Those are far higher percentages than the baby boom or Generation X cohorts experienced, according to the study.

More than 95 per cent of baby boomers say they have always been able to live on their own. Ditto for nearly 89 per cent of Gen-Xers.

Only 72.1 per cent of millennials said they have always been able to live on their own. The study pegged millennials as people born from 1982 to 2002.

That's not surprising, given the well-chronicled tribulations of the millennial generation.

But it's the latest sign of the potentially long-lasting struggles of people in their 20s and early 30s. Their financial plight isn't as immediately pressing as that of older people nearing traditional retirement age with inadequate savings.

Still, a study this week predicted the average millennial won't be able to retire until age 73 because the first 10 years of their working lives are spent paying off student loans rather than saving for retirement.

-- Los Angeles Times

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 25, 2013 B8

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