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Back to school: enrollment and employment in October 2014

August 31, 2015

It's that time of year when millions of students head back to school. Let’s take a look at how many people attend high school and college in the United States and how many of them work. In October 2014, 9.4 million people ages 16 to 24 were enrolled in high school. Another 12.3 million young people attended college, 3.3 million at 2-year colleges and 9.1 million at 4-year colleges. There were 16.9 million 16- to 24-year-olds who did not attend school.

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August 28, 2015

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Multiple jobholding in states in 2014

In 2014, 4.9 percent of employed people in the United States held more than one job. This percentage, the multiple-jobholding rate, varied considerably by state. In all, 22 states had multiple-jobholding rates significantly higher than the national average, 11 states had significantly lower rates, and 17 states and the District of Columbia had rates that were not significantly different from the U.S. average.

August 27, 2015

A data chart image of Nebraska has lowest jobless rate among states in July 2015

Nebraska has lowest jobless rate among states in July 2015

Nebraska had the lowest jobless rate among states in July 2015, 2.7 percent. The historical low for Nebraska was 2.3 percent in October 1990, and the historical high was 6.3 percent in February 1983. In July 2015, West Virginia had the highest unemployment rate, 7.5 percent. West Virginia recorded a historical high of 11.3 percent in February 1983 and a historical low of 3.4 percent in August 2008.

August 26, 2015

A data chart image of Utah employment up 4.4 percent over the year ended July 2015

Utah employment up 4.4 percent over the year ended July 2015

From July 2014 to July 2015, 34 states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant increases in employment. The largest percentage increase occurred in Utah, where employment rose 4.4 percent. In Nevada, employment increased 3.7 percent.

August 25, 2015

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Hurricane Katrina: a look back at employment and unemployment

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the U.S. Gulf Coast. Louisiana and Mississippi suffered the most damage; all counties in Mississippi and parishes in Louisiana were declared federal disaster areas. The parishes and counties along the Gulf of Mexico and around the mouth of the Mississippi River were hit the hardest. The immediate economic impact of Hurricane Katrina included sharp declines in county and parish employment and spikes in unemployment rates in the metropolitan areas.

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