At its highest last year, student employment reached over 31%. That’s lower than the lowest rate for any month in 2004, and 2004 was a decrease from previous years. In 1974, student employment was as low as 42% and as high as 56%. Programs, policies, ideologies, and attitudes from forty years ago no longer address current reality. Forty years ago, a student could make enough in the summer to maybe afford an inexpensive college education. Now, costs are higher, jobs are fewer, wages haven’t kept pace with inflation, and a college education is more necessary. No solution suggested, but there’s the data.
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