Declining Availability of Jobs for Low-Skilled Workers

Today's workers need more education to land a job. In 1973, 32 percent of jobs were open to workers who failed to complete high school, and an additional 40 percent were open to those with only a high school diploma. By 2018, only 10 percent of jobs will be open to those who fail to complete high school, and 28 percent will be open to those with only a high school diploma.

Source: Anthony P. Carnevale,  Nicole Smith, Jeff Strohl. Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018, Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, June 2010.

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