DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Dropping out of high school has left many Ohioans struggling to find work as the demand for unskilled labor continues to decline. A Dayton Daily News analysis of federal labor statistics shows that dropouts who are 25 or older are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as diploma-earning peers. In 2012, only about 30 percent of Ohioans 25 or older who didn't finish high school had jobs. That leaves about 561,000 people without diplomas who were also without jobs in 2012. The statistics reflect more demand for workers with technical skills and increased global competition for jobs. Ohio high school graduates on average earn $7,500 more annually than dropouts. College graduates on average earn $27,000 more than those who didn't finish high school.
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