The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has issued new data on the educational and employment status of 2011 high school graduates. The statistics show that of the 483,000 African American high school graduates in 2011, 326,000, or 67.5 percent, were enrolled in college by October 2011. For White high school graduates in 2011, a nearly identical 67.7 percent were enrolled in college.
The data also showed that for the 326,000 African Americans 2011 high school graduates who were enrolled in college, 62,000, or 19 percent, also were employed. For 2011 White high school graduates who were enrolled in college, nearly 35 percent were employed.
For those 2011 high school graduates not enrolled in college, 53.3 percent of Blacks were looking for work but could not find jobs. For Whites, the unemployment rate for 2011 high school graduates not enrolled in college was 29 percent.