As of February 2013, the unemployment rate in America is 7.8% according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. What does this mean? If you were to place 100 people in a room, nearly eight of those 100 people would be without a job. Are you one of them?

The Economic News Release by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported the following findings of those age 25 and above:

  • Of those with less than a high school education, 11.2 % are unemployed as of February 2013.
  • Of those with a high school education and no college, 7.9 % are unemployed as of February 2013.
  • Of those with some college or an Associate’s Degree, 6.7% are unemployed as of February 2013.
  • Of those that have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher,  only 3.8% are unemployed as of February 2013.

What does this mean for you?

Furthering your education may be the answer. Just starting college increases your changes for employment by 1%. Plus, your college education will help to get you a higher paying job with better benefits.

How does attending school affect unemployment insurance?

State laws vary, but many states reward those that seek further educations by extending benefits or allowing students to skip mandatory job search classes.

What happens when you find a job?

Attending an online university or college for a degree or certificate program will give you the flexibility to both work a full time job and attend classes. Online educations are developed with users in mind with flexible schedules and options for every type of student.

How do I find the right choice for me?

Take your time and request information from a variety of colleges and universities. Decide if a certificate program or degree program is best for you. Certificate programs are normally much shorter and less expensive than degree programs.

Should I include a note about attending school on my job applications and resume?

Absolutely! Add the program that you are working on as “Currently Attending” under the education section with the date range of the year you began and the year of expected completion. Employers want employees that will continue to grow and learn new skills. 

How do I get started?

Well you’re in the right place to begin looking for the right program and college for you. Take a look around and request information about the certificate and degree programs that interest you!