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Less than one-third of high school graduates from last six years working fulltime; working while battling cancer

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 13, 2012 8:48 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, June 14:

Only about 27% of high school graduates who received their diplomas from 2006 to 2011 have full time jobs.  That's the major finding of a report from the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  The report titled Left Out.  Forgotten?  Recent High School Graduates and the Great Recession, included a survey of high school graduates nationally who didn't pursue college or other higher education or at least didn't finish a degree program. 

The report also found that those who were working full time were earning a median hourly wage of $9.25.

Research indicated many of the jobs high school graduates often got in the past were now going to college graduates, who were having trouble finding work themselves.

We'll talk to one of the Rutgers researchers on Thursday's program.

Also, as part of witf's Facing Cancer Together initiative, we'll hear one woman's story of how she continued to go to work and perform her normal duties while being treated for cancer.

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