Unemployment rate for one group – 15.7%; for other group – 4.7%. What’s going on?

The Southern Education Foundation just released a new brief, Miles to Go – Mississippi, Pre-Kindergarten: Time to Begin, which documents the impact of education on poverty and which makes the case for Mississippi to establish a Pre-K program.  The brief gives the adult unemployment rates in Mississippi by educational level, as follows:

high school dropout:  15.7%

high school/GED graduate:  10.6%

some college:  8.5%

bachelor’s degree and higher:  4.7%

Those figures were as of December 2009.  Education makes a huge difference even in distressed economic times.

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