High-school graduates face worse prospects today than 20 years ago

Class of 2019 high-school graduates who choose to skip out on college are entering a strong labor market.

The unemployment rate edged up to 3.7% in June, after hitting 3.6% in April — the lowest it’s been since 1969.

“The number of vacant jobs exceeds the number of people looking for work by about a million,” said Paul Harrington, an education professor and the director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University.

Despite these numbers, career prospects for high-school graduates today still aren’t as good as they were for graduates in 2000, according to a study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a liberal think tank based in Washington, D.C.

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