Latinos Surpass Whites in College Enrollment Rate

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A record 69 percent of Latino high school graduates in the class of 2012 enrolled in college, two percentage points higher than the rate (67 percent) of their white counterparts, according to the Pew Hispanic Research Center analysis from the Census Bureau. The high school drop-out rate among Latino youths also has dropped from 28 percent in 2000 to 14 percent in 2011. Yet Latinos continue to lag other youth in completion of four-year college degrees.

One possible cause for the increase in Latino college enrollment could be the 2008 recession which led Latino teens to enroll in college because of the bleak job market. Since 2007, unemployment among Latinos ages 16-24 has gone up 7 percent, compared to 5 percent among white youth.

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