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The OECD has released at the beginning of September its annual collection of data on education – the Education at a Glance 2009. One of the main findings, based on pre-crisis data from 2007, is that growing advantages for the highly educated and continuing high levels of unemployment will provide a strong incentive for staying in higher education. Some of the report’s main findings related to higher education include the following:
But it is not all good news. While in most countries, the number of people who leave school at the minimum leaving age is falling, in Germany, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Turkey and the United States their numbers continue to rise. Young people who leave school at the minimum leaving age without a job are likely to spend a long time out of work. In most countries over half of the low-qualified unemployed 25-34 year-olds are long-term unemployed. This is a clear risk area that needs to be seriously addressed.