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June 28, 2010 08:40 pm

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Straight A’s: Public Education Policy and Progress: Volume 10, No. 13

June 28, 2010
Volume # 10 – Issue # 13

HELP WANTED: New Report Finds Nearly Two Thirds of All Job Openings Will Require Postsecondary Education by 2018: About 63 percent of the 46.8 million job openings created by 2018 will require workers with at least some college education, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Of these job openings, less than 36 percent will require workers to have just a high school diploma or less, finds the report, Help Wanted: Projections of Job and Education Requirements Through 2018.

THE GED: New Report Finds that GED Recipients Fare Little Better Economically Than High School Dropouts: A new report from the University of Chicago finds that a General Educational Development (GED) credential holds little value in helping students succeed in the job market or earn a postsecondary degree. The report, The GED, also notes that GED recipients are more equivalent to high school dropouts than they are to high school graduates in terms of their career outcomes, earnings, and their general performance in society.

JOBS WATCH: High Unemployment Rates Continue to Disproportionately Affect High School Dropouts: High school dropouts are more than three times as likely to be unemployed than college graduates based on the May 2010 numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released earlier this month. Overall, the unemployment rate inched down to 9.7 percent from 9.9 percent in April thanks in large part to the hiring of 411,000 temporary employees to work on the Census 2010.

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