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A data chart image of 61.8 percent of recent high school graduates enrolled in college in October 2021

61.8 percent of recent high school graduates enrolled in college in October 2021

May 23, 2022

Of the 2.7 million people ages 16 to 24 who graduated from high school between January and October 2021, 1.7 million, or 61.8 percent, were enrolled in colleges or universities in October 2021. The college enrollment rate of recent high school graduates in October 2021 was little different from the rate of 62.7 percent in October 2020.

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May 20, 2022

A data chart image of Unemployment rates lower in 386 metropolitan areas in March 2022 than a year earlier

Unemployment rates lower in 386 metropolitan areas in March 2022 than a year earlier

Unemployment rates were lower in March 2022 than a year earlier in 386 of the 389 metropolitan areas and higher in 3 areas. A total of 108 areas had jobless rates of less than 3.0 percent and 2 areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent.

May 19, 2022

A data chart image of Employment increased over the year in 147 metropolitan areas in March 2022

Employment increased over the year in 147 metropolitan areas in March 2022

In March, nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in 147 metropolitan areas and was essentially unchanged in 242 areas. The largest over-the-year percentage gains in employment occurred in Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey (+12.3 percent), Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada (+12.1 percent), and Flagstaff, Arizona (+10.2 percent).

May 18, 2022

A data chart image of Real average hourly earnings decreased 2.6 percent from April 2021 to April 2022

Real average hourly earnings decreased 2.6 percent from April 2021 to April 2022

Real average hourly earnings—that is, earnings that have been adjusted for changes in consumer prices—decreased 2.6 percent from April 2021 to April 2022. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with a 0.9-percent decrease in the average workweek resulted in a 3.4-percent decrease in real average weekly earnings over this period.

May 17, 2022

A data chart image of Food prices up 10.8 percent for year ended April 2022; largest 12-month increase since November 1980

Food prices up 10.8 percent for year ended April 2022; largest 12-month increase since November 1980

For the year ended April 2022, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased 8.3 percent. Over that period, prices for food at home increased 10.8 percent, the largest 12-month percentage increase since the period ending November 1980. Prices for food away from home increased 7.2 percent for the year ended April 2022, the largest over-the-year percentage increase since an 8.0-percent increase in November 1981.

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