Sunday, December 28, 2014

Fall College Enrollment Down a Third Year as Job Market Improves - Lisa Wolfson , Bloomberg

Fall-term enrollment at U.S. colleges fell for a third straight year, led by people over the age of 24 amid a job market rebound and a shrinking pool of high school graduates. Total enrollment slid 1.3 percent, led by a 6 percent decline at two-year colleges, according to estimates released today by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Signups at four-year for-profit schools dropped 0.4 percent. Five years after the recession, older students may be having an easier time finding jobs. U.S. companies are hiring at the strongest pace since 1999, Labor Department data show. Today, the department said the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to a three-week low.

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