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Most recent high school graduates not in college lack full-time job
Wed Jun 6, 2012 4:47PM
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Three out of four recent high school graduates not attending college full-time do not have a full-time job, according to a study released on Wednesday by Carl Van Horn, Cliff Zukin and Mark Szeltner at Rutgers University's John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. Many of these recent high school graduates are too unprepared to finish college or work at a job that offers professional advancement, Van Horn said.

 

Among recent high school graduates not in college, 30 percent are jobless and actively looking for work, according to the Rutgers report; another 14 percent are jobless but not looking for work.

 

In contrast, an Economic Policy Institute report showed in 2007 an unemployment rate of just 17.5 percent among recent high school graduates not attending college.

 

Today's new college graduates are snatching the low-end jobs in retail, restaurants, sales and offices that used to be the domain of recent high school graduates, Van Horn said.

 

Recent high school graduates "don't have a trade, and they don't have any advanced technical skills, so they've got no upward mobility," Van Horn said. "They're going to struggle to form families, to have housing, to be financially independent from their parents, to essentially achieve a family-sustainable income, unless they can get some form of post-secondary education."

 

Eight in 10 recent high school graduates not attending college said that their first job was just one to get them by, according to the Rutgers study. On average, their first job barely paid wages above the federal minimum, and the wages of those employed are barely enough to keep them out of poverty. Seventy-one percent of those with jobs are performing temporary work; just 8 percent of respondents called their current job a career.

 

The struggles of these young people can hurt everyone else, too, Van Horn said. A lowered level of economic opportunity translates into less innovation and lower consumer spending to motivate companies to hire workers. Struggling high school grads also will have trouble taking care of themselves and their children, which might result in taxpayer expenses to cover food stamps, emergency room care and other social services. Huffington Post

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

Thirty-two percent of 18- to 29-year-olds in the U.S. workforce were underemployed in April, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment. This is up from 30.1% in March and is slightly higher than the 30.7% of a year ago.

 

Gallup's U.S. underemployment measure combines the unemployed with those working part time but looking for full-time work.

 

Underemployment among 18- to 29-year-olds has hovered around 30% for most of the past year, showing no real improvement. Gallup

 

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