Four-year college enrollment among Long Beach Unified School District graduates has increased more than 33 percent since 2003.
Enrollment in two-year colleges also showed a significant increase over the same period, rising 6.1 percent, while the overall number of high school graduates here rose by 18.5 percent.
Among LBUSD graduates, more than 1,300 enrolled in four-year colleges last year, an increase of 33.7 percent since 2003.
The school district has made a concerted effort in recent years to increase enrollment in Advanced Placement college preparatory courses, and to provide extra counseling, tutoring and other academic support to high schoolers who might not have otherwise considered themselves to be college material.
The success of Long Beach’s efforts to produce more college students has significant implications for the local economy and beyond. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show much higher rates of unemployment among non-college-educated workers.
The unemployment rate for individuals who are 25 and older with less than a high school diploma increased from 7.5 percent in 2007 to 10.6 percent in 2008.
The jobless rate for high school graduates with no college rose by 2.4 percentage points, to 7 percent, the highest rate since such tracking began in 1992.
From 2007 to 2008, the unemployment rate for those with some college or an associate’s degree increased by 2 percentage points, to 5.5 percent.
Among college graduates, the unemployment rate increased by 1.2 percentage points, to 3.3 percent, equal to the previous peak in 1992.