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Men Lagging in Education Enrollments

Women are outpacing men at collegiate enrollment levels. At first glance it might not appear alarming. However, considering the fact that top employers often require workers to have some college education, the growing trend of women outdistancing men at post-secondary education enrollment levels gives cause for concern.


Women Education Statistics

The trend of women enrolling in college in larger numbers than men is not new. In fact, it has been happening since 1980 according to data released by the National Center for Education Statistics. Beginning in 1980, nearly seven million women were enrolled in college followed by a little over six million men. The gap between the numbers of men and women enrolled in college grew to at least one million students by 1990; it exceeded one million by 2000, this at the same time when the country placed additional emphasis on education.

Projections for the future paint a stark picture, showing college enrollment for men lagging behind women by as much as four million by year 2019. The growing impact of this trend could influence employment rates by gender. Consider the fact that the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that as of March 2012 unemployment rates for adults with at least a four-year degree were 4.2 percent, while students who only had a high school diploma had an 8 percent unemployment rate. Unemployment rates for students, men and women, who did not graduate from high school was 12.6 percent.

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