High school dropouts struggle to find jobs

Dropping out of high school has left many Ohioans struggling to find work as the demand for unskilled labor continues to decline.
Associated Press
Sep 10, 2013


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.



Wow... It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand this concept.

You can make it mandatory for students to attend school to a specific age. You can't make them pay attention or study.

Three generations of entitlement is hard to overcome.

Simple Enough II

True, but could that be why we have somany taking advantage of all the social programs......life choices?


What's to be done, when
everything favors the richest?
Just blame the victims


But high school dropouts are not the only ones that struggle to find jobs. Try being over 50. Or having a criminal record. There are many that can't find employment. I am thankful to have work the last few years but have been unemployed in the past and was overlooked because of my age. The law says they can't discriminate, but they do.


I believe you can find employment. Maybe not a full time job or a position that pays $25.00 per hour.

High paying jobs usually equate to high skilled occupations. Some type of college, trade school or apprenticeship are usually required to be considered for these occupations.

Not graduating from high school, having a criminal record or not being educated in a skilled trade are the fault only of that individual.


Just because you believe it does not make it so. No diploma is a bad thing for those looking for employment but as Unassumer says, it's not just those without diplomas. Age is a big factor as well as many other things. I agree, a criminal record is your own fault but you can't blame someone for not being able to afford extra schooling. Youths graduating from college or even high school will find it rough going. There's plenty of educated unemployed people.

Simple Enough II

Maybe educated in the wrong field?


Exactly, there are lots of unemployed or underemployed lawyers!


Deertracker, the article is about eduation and unemployment. Staggering statistic: 30% of those without a high school diploma are unemployed. Get your disploma and your risk is lessened. Take advantage of trade school offering while in high school, and it goes up even more. Get a college degree, and the umployment rate is even lower. Of course there are PHd's that are unemployed, but you can help your odds GREATLY with an education. It is argueably THE most important variable when looking at unemployment rates.

Tsu Dho Nimh





Agreed. There are a ton of high paying jobs that go unfilled, simply because qualified candidates are not available. Lack of money alone doesn't keep people from going to college. If you have good grades in HS, but don't have the money for college, you are likely eligible for grants that pay for a huge chunk of a college education.



You and I disagree on basic ideals of life. I believe in personal responsibility. You believe it's the government"s responsibility to educate, feed, cloth and house the masses.

It's your choice. Chose wisely.


Your assumptions about me are INCORRECT! I believe in personal responsibility and I also believe in helping those that help themselves, not just the rich among us! It seems as you are more interested in punishing people for their misfortune and lumping all disadvantaged people together. Your idea of what the government does seems very antiquated.

The New World Czar

In other words, be accountable and get off your derrieres and better yourselves. There, one line can sum it all up.


What always amazes me is that everyone THINKS that it is just because you don't pay attention in school. Or you are lazy. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just can't learn at the speed required. This leads to frustration, which leads to dropouts. If everyone was capable of the same things, we would all be Michael Jordan's, or Sabrina Williams. If you don't expect everyone to have the same athletic ability, you shouldn't expect everyone to have the same brain ability.





You are correct. Everyone does not have the same god given talents. But, if you don't apply those talents it no one's fault but yours.

With everyone not having the same god given talents, the wages paid are based on your value to the company or organization. The more value you possess the more you get paid. Education is the easiest and least expensive way to increase your value to an employer.


I agree sprinkles but there are instances when education has very little to do with your value to an employer. Experience and dependability count too!



Experience and dependability are an integral part of value. But, this story is about education. As I said previously, education is the easiest and least expensive way to increase your value to an employer. A high school diploma is free. Provided by taxpayers. If you are silly enough to throw that away ...well that's your choice.


It's silly to think that a diploma is free and provided by taxpayers. Do you assume every child in school has parents that are on welfare? That's silly. An education is anything but inexpensive. This story is about more than just education. Do you look for college graduates to hire?


Maybe a study should be conducted on students’ reasons for staying in school. We may learn from this on how best to help those who do drop out.


Sometimes it is the curriculum! How does learning about something that happened in 1812 help kids today?