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Education Is Key: Workers With HS Diploma Twice As Likely To Become Unemployed

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Here’s an additional reason to push your child to stay in school: Job perks.  According to the Labor Department’s recent report, college graduates are twice as likely to get paid time off (PTO) as high school dropouts.

The report, released on Thursday, shows that 72% of college graduates had access to PTO from their employers in 2011 in comparison to only 35% of high school drop outs. In other words, one in four high school dropouts did not have access to PTO last year.

What does this mean? It’s pretty hard to have even a little time off from work without feeling a dent in your wallet. The Labor Department’s report also shows the most common reasons for leave from work include vacation, an illness, childcare, elder-care and childbirth. These findings imply that many high school dropouts are being forced to work through having a child or enduring an illness. If being forced to work while practically giving birth isn’t challenging enough, the research also shows workers without a college degree are roughly twice as likely to be unemployed as college graduates.

So the moral of the story is: An investment in education is an investment in self-fulfillment.

 

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6 Responses to Education Is Key: Workers With HS Diploma Twice As Likely To Become Unemployed

  1. John Henry Hill Reply

    August 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    There is no need to sugar coat or downplay the facts anymore. It is what it is. We either get off our asses and do what we need to succeed or suffer the consequences.

  2. PB Short Reply

    August 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    The purpose of education is to learn about the things you do not know about, and to learn how to use your mind (being creative)…

    If all you have is a HS education, then you lose out because you do not know…but yet, a lot of people with a HS only education think they can become a rocket scientist by monkey see, monkey do…they feel that all you have to do is show them how to do so something then they think they can learn it…no way…

    Someone taught you how to talk, walk, read, arithmetic, etc…so someone must teach you the more advance things about life…

    There are millions of people who know how to use a computer and some of the software like Microsoft Office…but do they really know how to use MS Office to its’ fullest?

    Do they really know how to use a computer to design a computer, a car, a manufacturing plant, etc…do they really know how to program a computer, write code to create an application, etc…

    Therefore, without an education, you are just another brick in the wall…

  3. Nita Reply

    August 18, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Only if they’re black are they more likely. The federal system is filled and empowered with uneducated white folks. All in high grade positions. It’s the educated black folks that’s in the single digit GS grade positions. So basically what I am saying is, we have to be better, more educated, more skilled to move up, and even then, it’s a fight.

  4. valerie randolph-martin Reply

    August 19, 2012 at 12:40 am

    MOST IMPORTANT FOR PARENTS OF COLOR TO HAVE A ACTIVE ROLL IN THERE CHILDS EDUCATION NOTHING ELSE MATTERS UNTIL WE UNDERSTAND THAT FACTOR THE BLACK CHILD WILL BE LEFT BEHIND SO WAKE UP EVERYBODY WAKE UP .BLESSING MS.V NEW YORK QUEENS

  5. Ellis Valentine Reply

    August 19, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Well you can’t blame them for our countries problems. It seems to me that our country run by “Educated People” are doing a poor job….

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