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April 24, 2009
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Bridges Out of Poverty
On Thursday, April 23rd, Adrienne O'Neill served as a panel member for Bridges Out of Poverty: The Journey Begins Here seminar sponsored by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, United Way of Greater Stark County, and the Stark County Department of Job and Family Services.

Leadership Institute
Adrienne O'Neill and Joe Rochford participated in the Leadership Institute sponsored by the KnowledgeWorks Foundation held
April 23-25.

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Higher Educational Attainment Equals Lower Unemployment Rates

While factors relating to unemployment in the current economy are numerous and often complex, one truism seems to be that people with more education tend to stay employed.*

Yet, is there a relationship between the overall education attainment in a county and its unemployment rate?

Last month, Stark County's unemployment rate remained unchanged from February while Canton's unemployment dropped slightly from 11.5 percent to 11.4 percent. Stark ranks 56th in unemployment among Ohio's 88 counties.

A review of the education level of Stark's adults, age 25 and over, with that in counties with the highest, and lowest, unemployment rates shows that with two exceptions, there does seem to be a relationship.
Unemployment & Education Chart


* See U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics at: www.bls.gov/emp/emptab7.htm
** Based on U.S. Census American Community Survey 2005-2007 data for associate degree and higher.
*** US Census American Community Survey Data for 2007 alone shows Stark at 29.3% college educated.
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