70% Unemployment for Recent High School Graduates

By Avalon
June 9, 2012

A new report by Rutgers John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development published June 2012 titled, Left Out. Forgotten? Recent High School Graduates and the Great Recession [1] details the abysmal state of employment opportunities for the Classes of 2006 through 2011.

In the spirit of accuracy, a number of excerpts from the report follow;
“The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey was founded as a research and policy organization devoted to strengthening New Jersey’s and the nation’s workforce during a time of global economic change.” […]

“Since 1997, the Heldrich Center has experienced rapid growth, working with federal and state government partners, Fortune 100 companies, and major foundations. The Center embodies its slogan “Solutions at Work” by teaming with partners and clients to translate cutting-edge research and analysis into practices and programs that companies, unions, schools, community based organizations, and government officials can leverage to strengthen the nation’s workforce.”

“This report describes the findings of a nationally representative sample of 544 recent high school graduates from the classes of 2006 through 2011. The purpose of this study is to understand how recent high school graduates who are not attending college full time are faring in the workforce, specifically looking at those individuals who graduated before and during the difficult labor market caused by the Great Recession.”

Further in the report it should be noted, that the survey was conducted; “between March 21 and April 2, 2012 by GFK, of Palo Alto, California. GFK has the only nationally representative sample of high school graduates (between the ages of 18 and 29) that can be surveyed online. The overall survey has a sampling error of ±4.5 percentage points.”
The most shocking statistics from the report are summarized in the EMPLOYMENT STATUS OF SAMPLE which is detailed on pages two with a chart on page three. Directly from the report, it reads:

“The employment status of recent high school graduates, displayed in Table 1, is bleak. Overall, only 3 in 10 high school graduates are employed full time, compared to college graduates who are employed at nearly twice that rate.For those who graduated high school in 2006, 2007, and 2008 — before the recession — 37% are employed full time, compared to only 16% who graduated during the recession era. Nearly half are looking for full-time work, including 30% who are unemployed and 15% who are working part time. Another 8% are working part time and not looking for full-time work and about one in six have left the labor market altogether. In addition, 27% are taking college classes part time.”

The larger question here is what these young people will do to survive. When nearly 70% of the youth are unemployed, the only recourse to survive might be to “Do what you gotta Do” – let’s be realistic. This could lead to riots, criminal activity and worse, which depends on ones perspective, a revolution by the American People. Is it any wonder that NorthCom [4] has positioned thousands of troops on US soil to prepare for battle with the American People?

Quoting from The Progressive [2] article posted in 2009, “The 3rd Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team is only the beginning for NorthCom. “We’ll grow two more of these forces over the coming years,” NorthCom’s commander, General Victor Renuart, said in an October 24 speech at the Brookings Institution. By 2011, NorthCom “will have three capable, trained consequence management response forces ready to deploy should they be needed to support national policy,” he said.”

Of course, you won’t hear these statistics from the Criminal Corporate Media who by omission keep the majority of Americans in the dark. Let’s be real, the corporate media is purposely suppressing this information in a coordinated black-out of the truth – isn’t that what some would call a criminal conspiracy?

Add to this situation the huge number of college graduates who now find themselves unemployed and strapped with enormous debt – more fuel for a coordinated Occupy Wall Street uprising. Don’t worry, the OWS isn’t going away any time soon. They are waiting to spring back into action when the time is right – but right for what?

Recent reports are that there is an effort underway to silence the opposition – including leaders of OWS. The Fascist Criminal Banking Cartel’s Global Take-over that is underway is now contracting former CIA and Foreign Mercenaries in a Murder-for-Hire Program [3], which admittedly cannot readily be validated – a controversial statement defined as “word on the street”.

Bottom line, the situation is spiraling out of control. Add to the unemployment report the major corporations that have been laying–off people weekly and you’ve got a serious situation that shows no sign of improving.

Three more excerpts from the report are worth noting and are reproduced here:
“FIRST JOB – About half of the recent high school graduates were able to obtain at least one fulltime job since they graduated from high school, but as of the survey, only 30% report being employed full time. Most (nearly 90%) report being paid by the hour. The median hourly wage earned in the first job was only $7.50, a mere 25 cents above the federal minimum wage level. Recent research shows that wages have declined across all groups of young graduates in the aftermath of the Great Recession — wages of young high school graduates dropped by 10% between 2007 and 2011 and college graduates experienced wage decreases of approximately 5%.1 Not only do high school graduates earn less than college graduates, they also occupy less stable employment.”

“CURENT JOB – When compared to their first jobs, high school graduates have made modest progress in their current jobs. Starting wages increased slightly since their first job from $7.50 to a starting wage of $8.25 in their current jobs. At the time of the survey, high school graduates report earning a median hourly wage of $9.25 in their current job. However, 7 in 10 of these current jobs are still temporary positions.”

“UNEMPLOYED – Overall, one in three high school graduates included in the survey report being unemployed and looking for work. These findings are consistent with figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that show the unemployment rate of young high school graduates not enrolled in college was 33% in 2010 and 31% through 2011.2 Those who graduated in the recession era are unemployed at a higher rate (37%) than those who graduated before the recession (23%). Nearly one in five high school graduates are working part time while looking for a fulltime job. When combined, the total number of all high school graduates who are looking for a full-time job is 45% and fully half of those graduated during the recession era. Looking for a job has proven to be difficult for those who are unemployed. Nearly half say they have been actively seeking employment for more than six months, and 3 in 10 have been searching for more than a year.”
[1a] Left Out. Forgotten? Recent High School Graduates and the Great Recession
[1b] http://www.heldrich.rutgers.edu/
[1c] Factoring Out Debt-For-College, Youth Unemployment Is 50%
[2] The Progressive – What Is NorthCom Up To?
[3] Project Camelot: Stew Webb LiveStream Update June 6 2012
[4a] U.S. Troops In Homeland “Crowd Control” Patrols From October 1st
[4b] NorthCom Denies Troops To Be Used For Crowd Control

U.S. Troops In Homeland “Crowd Control” Patrols From October 1st

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

U.S. troops returning from duty in Iraq will be carrying out homeland patrols in America from October 1st in complete violation of Posse Comitatus for the purposes of helping with “civil unrest and crowd control” – which could include dealing with unruly Americans after a complete economic collapse. This shocking admission was calmly reported on September 8th by the Army Times website, which reports that from the beginning of next month the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team “Will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.”

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