College attendance drops after widespread job loss

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When states suffer widespread job loss, the damage extends to the next generation, where college attendance drops among poor students, says new research. States marked by shuttered factories and dormant mines thus show a widening gap in college attendance between rich and poor. Yet poor students in hard-hit states dont avoid college simply because they cant afford it. Instead, job losses trigger adolescent emotional problems and poor academic performance-- which put college out of reach.

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