2013 January 08 Tuesday
US High School Graduates Experienced Net Job Loss In 2012

Be warned: The threshold for employability is rising. High school graduates and high school drop-outs had substantial net job losses in 2011, and high school graduates did in 2012. Those with college educations experienced net job gains.

What I want to know: What is the IQ threshold below which employment is dropping in the United States? What's that threshold in other countries? How fast is the threshold rising?

At any given IQ level there will be winners and lowers. You can move yourself away from the unemployable and underemployed categories by gaining more useful skills. Even at an IQ of 90 some are managing to stay employed by developing skills that have some demand. You can take whatever your IQ level is and learn some of the most valuable skills your intelligence enables you to learn. You'll stay viable longer and make more money.

My advice: Use what IQ you've got. Get yourself to Coursera and start learning something useful.

You've got to raise your game. The median US household income is now back to the level it was at in 1995. In 2011 only the top fifth saw income gains. Get yourself into the top fifth. The ranks of the losers is far larger than the ranks of the winners. This isn't 1950s or 1960s America any more. Rising living standards are a thing of the past. If you want to at least break even you've got to rise above the masses. Go learn.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 January 08 09:04 PM 

TRL said at January 14, 2013 3:27 PM:

Or go on a shooting spree.

john shade said at January 29, 2013 9:31 PM:

The blog you linked to states that the number of workers with only a high school degree who had jobs fell by over 100000 in 2011 but the number of high school drop outs who had a job actually increased by around 50000.

john shade said at January 29, 2013 9:38 PM:

Sorry my numbers were wrong. Jobs held high school grads fell by 551k in 2011; jobs held by high school dropouts rose by 126k.

Randall Parker said at January 30, 2013 8:45 PM:


Yes you are right. I got 2011 confused with 2012. I wonder whether the ranks of high school drop-outs are growing so fast that they are just willing to work for less.

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