Jobs Quagmire Hits Low-Skilled Workers Hardest

Tuesday, 07 Feb 2012 03:28 PM

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Even though the national unemployment rate continues to tick down, relief has eluded low-skilled workers with a high school diploma or less. People in that demographic have continued to lose ground and are more likely to have given up looking for work, The Washington Post reported.

About one in 10 of those with only a high school education lost a job between 2007 and 2011, with many of the job losses occurring since the recovery began in 2009, according to the Urban Institute. Those with just a high school education make up about a third of the nation’s work force, the Post reported.

Those without a high school diploma have fared even worse, with one in five losing a job since 2007 — of them half since the official end of the recession. The unemployment rate for high school dropouts was 13.1 percent last month, according to the Post.

“There has been a considerable difference in who is getting those jobs,” the Urban Institute’s Pamela Loprest told the Post. “Lower-educated workers got hit harder. And the recovery has been uneven in that it has most benefited those with more skills.”

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