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More Seek Help for GED Test to Beat Unemployment Odds
Excerpt for Missouri Connections News Release at http://dese.mo.gov/divcareered/
In this tight job market, more Missouri adults without a high school diploma are realizing the value of a GED or General Education Development® credential.
New unemployment figures released this month confirm that education has a significant impact on the likelihood of employment. December data released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show the overall national unemployment rate at 10 percent, while the rate for people with less than a high school diploma is 15.4 percent.
“A quick look through the job postings on MissouriCareerSource.com reveals that having a high school diploma or GED would be extremely advantageous to jobseekers,” said Bill Poteet, director of GED testing for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or DESE. “In the past couple of years, many of Missouri’s GED testing centers have been reporting larger numbers of displaced workers wanting to take the GED test.”