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London Mills Man Joins Statistic of Young Adults Living with Parents

A London Mills man finds himself lining up with data from the Pew Research Center indicating that a record number of young adults are still living with their parents.
London Mills Man Joins Statistic of Young Adults Living with Parents

LONDON MILLS – A London Mills man finds himself lining up with data from the Pew Research Center indicating that a record number of young adults are still living with their parents.

Reasons range from student loans to unemployment, and Jeremy Laird from London Mills has his own story to tell.

"I was the first one in my family to get the bachelors degree," Laird said.

He claims to have done everything right. Laird graduated from high school, junior college, then got a degree from Western Illinois University. A couple months later he's still unemployed, living at home and facing a mountain of college debt.

"I’m already $30,000 in the hole," Laird said.

Laird is part of an overwhelming number of young adults still living with their parents. It's the highest in four decades according to the pew research center.

Laird’s mother, Mom, Lisa Laird said it's tough.

"It’s important that kids get their education, but it's also important that after you spend all this money, it's as hard to find a job," she said.

She said it's even more disheartening knowing what her son struggled through to get to this point.

"When I was 17 I was seeing a neurologist because i was having terrible headaches and the diagnosed me when I was 18 with MS."

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease attacking the central nervous system.
Laird said he has to keep moving to prevent his muscles from cramping.

"Lost my eyesight over a month at a time, got it back to 80 percent. And you know I’ve lost some feeling in my legs at one time and we got it back," he said.

Laird has fought past his illness to earn a degree, now left with a long list of other things to worry about.

"You can't pay rent, you won’t be able to pay your utilities, have a cell phone like we all do then that huge loan," his mother said.

Laird said he’s crossing his fingers that something comes up soon.

"Somewhere around November I have to start paying my first bill," he said.

According to the research, 36 percent of young adults, ages 18-31, have either moved back in with their parents or never left home. That's up four percent from 2007.
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