Refuting the WTS stance on education - WSJ article from June 6

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  • sir82

    So the Watchtower thinks that college education is "unnecessary", that "all you need are high school skills"?

    Here's more evidence on just how out of touch these goobers are:

    U.S. News: The Less Educated Take the Worst Hit

    By Erica Alini and Justin Lahart
    721 words
    6 June 2009
    The Wall Street Journal
    (Copyright (c) 2009, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.)

    The recession has led to steep job losses across the U.S. work force, but less educated people have been hit particularly hard.

    The unemployment rate for workers over 25 years old who haven't gone beyond high school rose to 10% in May, nearly doubling from 5.2% a year earlier, the government said Friday. Among workers who haven't completed high school, the unemployment rate rose to 15.5%, compared with 8.4% last year.

    By contrast, the jobless rate among those with four-year college degrees was 4.8%, up considerably from 2.3% a year ago, but well below the rate for people with less education.

    Stephen Trotter, 30, lost his security-guard job at a supermarket in February. The recession and his inability to secure work often leads him to regret that he dropped out of high school. Since being laid off, the Bronx, N.Y., native has become a regular presence at the public library, where, he says, he spends about six hours a day scouring job listings online and applying for positions as a stock manager or cashier.

    When he isn't behind a computer screen, Mr. Totter is packing customers' grocery bags at a Fine Fare market, earning $7 a day -- "enough to put some money into my pocket so I can eat and keep going."

    The ranks of jobless college graduates have risen three percentage points since December 2006, a year before the recession began, when the housing market was more stable and overall employment was a low 4.4%. For those with just a high-school diploma, the rate went up nearly six percentage points during the same period.

    Even before the recession, the factories that historically employed many workers who lacked college degrees had been trimming their payrolls for years -- largely because they were increasing productivity, or output per hour. But a booming housing market created construction jobs for many of those who were displaced. Now, the male-dominated manufacturing and home-building industries are both suffering, and that has hurt less educated men far more than less educated women.

    Many women who haven't gone beyond high school can more easily find work in health care or education, sectors that have held up well during the recession. In May, the unemployment rate for women was 7.5%; for men 9.8%.

    The past two recessions -- 1990-91 and 2001 -- were more "egalitarian" than the current one, said Harvard University labor economist Lawrence Katz. For less educated men, the current recession "is more like the early 1980s and the 1970s, when that was the group that really got creamed," Mr. Katz said.

    Better-educated people who lose jobs often can rely on their skills to freelance or start businesses. Benjamin Kayne, 26, lost his job as a sales director in January, but was armed with a degree in communications from Ohio University. Drawing on both his education and extracurricular work from those years -- he organized parties and charged at the door -- Mr. Kayne decided to start his own media, marketing and events company.

    In less than a month, he was earning as much as before. "I've never been happier," he said.

    Across the country, community colleges report record demand from students who want to quickly plug the gap in their resumes. On the outskirts of Detroit, for example, Macomb Community College has seen its enrollment jump 8% in the past two years.

    For the lucky ones, returning to school improves their job prospects. Stephanie Marszalek dropped out of high school when she was 16 and spent two years working part-time jobs at a pizzeria, a pet store and the Gap. During the recession, the work grew less steady.

    Last week, the 18-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y., native took and passed the General Educational Development test, a way to get a substitute high-school diploma. The next day, she landed a job as an administrative assistant at law firm Connors & Sullivan. "I knew I would have to get the GED," said Ms. Marszalek, holding a brand new BlackBerry she still has to learn to use. "Now I can finally settle into a job."

  • minimus

    What good will a job and an education do you if you don't make it into the new system?

  • WTWizard

    I wonder what happens to Worldwide Pedophile Defense Fund donations when the paychecks stop coming in. They are going to continue donating the same amount, draining their savings (if they had any), and then they are going to be up s*** creek without a paddle.

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