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Measuring Joblessness Through An Educational Lens

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April 05, 2011 06:06 pm


On a recent episode of Weekend Edition, NPR reporter Zoe Chace covered unemployment through an educational lens.  Chace interviewed Rutgers University Economist Bill Rodgers who calls this a bifurcated economic recovery, explaining that people who have college degrees are getting hired but those who didn’t finish school are sitting on the sidelines.

The story also cites research from the Economic Policy Institute showing that in 2007, before the recession, about 70 percent of people who attended some college, but didn’t have a bachelor’s degree were working but when the recession hit, that number dropped to about 65 percent and it keeps declining.


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