The difference in joblessness between the country’s least educated people and most educated people increased during the recession, according to the Labor Department. People without a high school diploma remain more than three times as likely to be unemployed than are college graduates.
The increases in the unemployment rate, from December 2007 through August:
• 7.8 percent to 14 percent for people who did not graduate from high school.
• 4.7 percent to 10.3 percent for those with only a high school diploma.
• 3.9 percent to 8.7 percent for people with some college.
• 2.1 percent to 4.6 percent for those with bachelor’s or advanced degrees.
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