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Stats That Stick: July 13, 2011

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July 13, 2011 08:22 pm

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The June unemployment rate for high school dropouts was 14.3 percent, compared to 4.4 percent for individuals with a bachelor’s degree, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate for high school graduates was 10 percent and 8.4 percent for individuals with some college or an associate’s degree.

In Alabama, more than 34 percent of 2010 high school graduates who attended a state public four-year or two-year college needed at least one remedial course, and many of them needed two. (Montgomery Advertiser)

The Huffington Post reports that the latest 2010 census data shows that the share of children in the United States is 24 percent, falling below the previous low of 26 percent of 1990. The share is projected to slip further, to 23 percent by 2050, even as the percentage of people 65 and older is expected to jump from 13 percent today to roughly 20 percent by 2050 due to the aging of baby boomers and beyond. And when this generation of children grows up, it will become a shrinking work force that will have to support the nation’s expanding elderly population—even as the government strains to cut spending for health care, pensions and much else.

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