When unemployment is a problem we see more people coming to the B.O.C.E.S. looking to increase their education. Some come to complete their High School Equivalency; some come to enroll in classes through Western Wyoming Community College or one of our four year Universities. As soon as jobs become available again, attendance drops.
While it makes sense on one hand, it doesn’t on another.
There is one certainty that the Department of Education and the Department of
Labor both support: “Education Pays”.
The Department of Labor confirms in recent employment projections what all educators already knew: Education Pays. Our country values hard work, but rewards
skill and education.
In 2011 the median unemployment rate was 8.2% of the population and the median income was $782.00 per week.
For people without a high school diploma or equivalency, unemployment rates were 14.9% and the median weekly income was $444.00. With a high school diploma or equivalency unemployment dropped slightly to 10.3% with the median income at $626.00.
It is only when the educational level reaches an Associates Degree that the unemployment rate drops below the mean to 7%, and the income comes close to the mean at $767.00 per week.
Even more startling are the statistics on job advancement that show that someone without additional education will only increase wages $2 an hour in the next ten years of their working life. In the following 15 years:
they will increase only $0.25 cents more.
Whether you are working or not, additional education will almost always mean more job and financial security.
It is never too late to increase your education.
The Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center offers High School Equivalency, Certificate and Degree classes that will fit most any schedule. Contact the B.O.C.E.S. today for more information on how you can make Education Pay.
(Sources: Dr. Donna Beegle-Communications across Barriers; U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)