One of the most notable failures of our educational system in the last four decades is in how many young Americans fail to complete high school. High school graduation rates stagnated around the 80% mark from 1970 through 2000, with much lower levels for many poorer parts of the population. Things have improved, slightly, since 2000, but it’s still a significant problem that 1 in 5 men and 1 in 7 women aged 20-24 in the US lacks a high school diploma.
Since a high school degree is a minimum requirement for almost 90% of the jobs in the economy [http://cew.georgetown.edu/jobs2018/], this means that there’s a significant chunk of the population that can’t find a job – there are simply far more unskilled and low-skilled workers on the market than there are jobs for them to fill.
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