The Number Of High-School Graduates Going To College Is Steadily Declining

The number of high-school graduates who enroll in college — which peaked at 70.1% in 2009 — has been in a steady decline over the past few years, according to The New York Times.

This statistic is compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics, which releases a yearly report about the number of high-school graduates who are enrolled in college the following fall.

In 2013, 65.9% of that year’s graduates were in college by October, down from 66.2% in 2012.

“Falling college enrollment indicates that upward mobility may become more difficult for working-class and disadvantaged high school graduates … It’s another part of the long-term scarring process of the Great Recession that has been partly hidden,” Heidi Shierholz, an economist with the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, told The Times.

The percentages of high-school graduates in college annually over the past five years show a sizable overall decline since the 2009 peak:

The Times also highlights some encouraging statistics, noting “that 51% of the high school graduates who did not go on to college had jobs by October, and that 74% were in the labour force, meaning they either were employed or were looking for work.” Both of these percentages were up from the year before.

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