Dallas, July 9, 2012 – “I just can’t find a job.” That’s what more and more young people across the country are saying.
With 1 out of every 2 new college graduates unemployed or underemployed and the monthly national job reports from the Department of Labor, the outlook for traditional employment options are bleak for Gen Y. The situation is even worse in some areas of the country, according to 24/7 Wall St., an independent research company that reviewed historical unemployment data for the U.S. population to identify the 10 states with the most unemployed young people. According to 24/7 Wall St., young people in Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Washington, California, West Virginia and Nevada have the highest rate of unemployment.
At the same time when traditional job opportunities in these 10 states have become harder for young people to find, Mary Kay saw nearly 20,000 people aged 18-30 in these states start Mary Kay businesses in 2012. Lindsey Christenson, a 23-year-old from Washington, started selling Mary Kay products to earn extra money.

“I was working two jobs, going to school full time and trying to start a wedding planning business,” Christenson said. “My main goal was to not have any debt, so I didn’t mind working hard to live debt-free. I learned about selling Mary Kay through a connection on Facebook, so I gave it a chance. It was cool to see the things I learned in college apply to a real business. I hope to sell Mary Kay forever. Even if I don’t, it is great for me at this point in my life. There is a lot of hard work, but I don’t mind that because I see the immediate financial reward as soon as I sell a lip gloss, mascara or moisturizer.”
Christenson’s story is becoming more and more common according to Mary Kay’s Chief Marketing Officer, Sheryl Adkins-Green.

“The reality is that young people are struggling to find jobs,” said Adkins-Green. “Of the 94,000 people who started Mary Kay businesses in the second quarter of 2012, a third of them were in Gen Y. Direct selling is a viable option that provides relevant education and real world experience while giving them the flexibility they need while continuing their job search. No matter how long they continue with their Mary Kay businesses, they have learned valuable business, leadership and management skills that will help them in the future.”
About Mary Kay
Mary Kay is one of the world’s largest direct selling companies with more than $3 billion in annual wholesale sales worldwide. Mary Kay was founded in 1963 by Mary Kay Ash with the goal of helping women achieve personal growth and financial success. Mary Kay remains committed to enriching women’s lives, and today more than 2.4 million people of all backgrounds are enjoying the advantages of being Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants. Mary Kay’s high-quality skin care and color cosmetics products are sold in more than 35 countries around the world. To learn more about Mary Kay, visit marykay.com or facebook.com/marykay.​