Annual Earning Power of Dropouts is $10,000 Lower Than Graduates

Increased graduation rates doesn’t just mean more graduates; it means a new workforce that causes a positive economic impact. Let’s paint the picture:

  • High school graduates are more likely to be employed, make higher taxable income, and aid in job generation.[22],[23],[24]
  • High school graduates earn a national average of $8,000 more annually compared to high school dropouts. [25]
  • High school graduates are less likely to engage in criminal behavior or require social services.[26]
  • High school graduates have better health and longer life expectancy.[27]
  • High school graduates are more likely to vote. During the 2012 presidential election, 4 percent of people who left high school without graduating voted compared to 24 percent of youth with only a high school diploma and 37 percent with a college degree.[28]
  • High school graduates contribute to America’s national security because students that leave high school without a diploma are not qualified to serve in the military.[29]
  • The nation’s economy depends on skilled labor. Business leaders report difficulty in finding enough qualified employees with the skills, training and education to meet their companies’ needs.[30]

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