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UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES HOLDS STEADY: Rate Continues to Climb for High School Dropouts

As the U.S. economy begins to show some signs of recovery, the speed with which people are finding jobs is sharply reflective of educational achievement. According to a recent article in USA Today, people with at least some college experience or a college degree are finding jobs faster than those with only a high school diploma or less.

Mike Chittenden of the Employment Policy Foundation told the USA Today, “Despite the slow economy, there are 1.9 million more employed college graduates now than in 2001. At the same time, there are 73,000 fewer workers with less than a high school diploma and 825,000 fewer high school grads with jobs.”

During the last decade, white-collar jobs exploded as the economy continued to shift to a knowledge-based system. Meanwhile, businesses have been moving manufacturing operations, which employ the largest number of less-educated workers, overseas to take advantage of cheaper labor.

Read the complete article at: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/employment/2003-06-16-jobless_x.htm

SAVE THE DATE

The Alliance for Excellent Education will host its first annual
Conference on American High School Policy
November 16-18, 2003
The National Press Club
Washington, D.C.

This year’s event will focus on issues related to adolescent literacy. As the recently released National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) scores so dramatically demonstrate, our country faces a major crisis. Twenty-nine percent of boys and twenty percent of girls in 8th grade scored “below basic,” and the reading achievement of 12th graders has declined at all performance levels.

This invitational conference will provide an opportunity to discuss ideas, trends, and research on intermediate and adolescent literacy and on high school reform in general with high school practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and advocates.

 

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