A Dayton Daily News analysis of federal labor statistics shows that dropouts who are 25 or older are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as diploma-earning peers. In 2012, only about 30 percent of Ohioans 25 or older who didn’t finish high school had jobs. That leaves about 561,000 people without diplomas who were also without jobs last year.
The statistics reflect more demand for workers with technical skills and increased global competition for jobs. The Alliance for Excellent Education, based in Washington, says employers increasingly want workers with more education than high school.
“The majority of jobs in today’s knowledgebased economy require a high school diploma at minimum, and in most cases they need some form of education after high school,” said Jason Amos, vice president of communications for the nonprofit organization.
Ohio high school graduates, on average, earn $7,500 more annually than dropouts. College graduates, on average, earn $27,000 more than those who didn’t finish high school.