Did You Know?

Racial disparities persist in degree attainment - Whites are more likely than blacks or Hispanics to attain a college education.

In 2010, 58.8 percent of white adults ages 25 and over attained at least some college education, compared to 50.2 percent of the black community and 35.7 percent of the Hispanic community. Learn More »

Employment and training services help adults and dislocated workers find jobs

Over 8 million adults and dislocated workers received employment and training services in 2009 and 2010 – almost 70 percent of those adults and just over 75 percent of those dislocated workers were then able to find jobs Learn More »

By 2018, nearly two-thirds of all jobs in the U.S. will require at least some postsecondary education or training.

By 2018, nearly two-thirds of all jobs in the U.S. will require at least some postsecondary education or training. Learn More »

People who received Workforce Investment Act services were nearly 10 percent more likely to be employed and less likely to receive public assistance than those who did not receive services.

A 2005 study found that Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services in seven states generate employment and earnings gains for adults and dislocated workers. Learn More »

At Least 40 Million Workers Could Benefit From Further Education and Training through Career Pathways

Millions of workers cannot support their families due to low-wages, lack of English proficiency, or low educational attainment. These workers would benefit from career pathway programs. Learn More »

Better Educated Adults Have Better Health

A 65-year-old with a high school diploma typically enjoys better health than a 45-year-old who dropped out in the tenth grade. Learn More »

U.S. Adults with Barriers to Employment

Eighty-eight million U.S. adults have at least one major educational barrier to employment (lack a high school diploma, no college study, and/or do not speak English well). Learn More »

Industry-Specific Training Programs can Help Workers Obtain Employment, Save Businesses Money

Participants in industry-specific programs connected to employers earn 18 percent more than those in less well-targeted training programs. Learn More »

Job Opportunities and Wages Are Important Factors Affecting Food Security of Children

Eighty-Five percent of households with food-insecure children had a working adult, including 70 percent which had a full-time worker. Fewer than half of households with food-insecure children included an adult educated past high school. Learn More »

Adult Education Students and Postsecondary Education

Only 7 percent of adult education students (including Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English Literacy) entered postsecondary education and training or the workforce in program year 2004-05 (the last year for which data is available) Learn More »

Education Pays Off in the Labor Market

Nearly half the U.S. workforce has only a high school education or less and some 25 million workers aged 18 to 64 lack a high school diploma or GED. Learn More »

Low-wage Work

One in four workers—some 30 million people—work in jobs for which year-round, full-time work would not pay enough for a family of four to achieve self-sufficiency. Learn More »
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