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Smaller Share of College Students Are Working Their Way Through School

A smaller percentage of 16-24-year-old college students are working their way through the higher education experience, according to Labor Department data. In fact, 2013 saw the lowest percentage of students working since 1985 with only 43.9% working either full time or part time while enrolled in school. Working students were at their peak in 2000, when 56% of enrolled students worked. The decline is surely due in part to the recession. But even though the overall unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds has improved since peaking in 2010, the total share of students working has continued to trend lower.