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Fast Facts: Unemployment Rate Increases for High School Dropouts Aged Twenty-Five and Older

Although the national unemployment rate ticked down slightly from 7.6 percent in March to 7.5 percent in April, the unemployment rate for individuals aged twenty-five years and older without a high school diploma increased from 11.1 percent to 11.6 percent, according to the May 3 jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The unemployment rate for high school graduates decreased from 7.6 percent to 7.4 percent, but it increased from 3.8 to 3.9 percent for college graduates. The rate was unchanged at 6.4 percent for individuals who had taken some college courses or earned an associate’s degree.

The complete report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t04.htm.

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