Business Report: How college enrollment tracks employment

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - UH President David Lassner tells the Star Advertiser's Nanea Kalani he wants to work for more enrollment at UH Manoa.  But the fact is, both here and on the mainland, college enrollment rises when unemployment dos, and falls when it falls.

In a chart, you see UH Manoa enrollment declining for five years, the figures the school gave Nanea for her article.  The same thing happened on the mainland, five years of declining enrollment.  Also added are weekly jobless claims for Oahu, for the first week of September, a snapshot of Oahu joblessness at roughly the time the fall semester gets going.

As you can see, UH Manoa had more than 20,000 students in 3022, when 7,000 people were collecting unemployment checks, and each for five years both numbers have fallen.  Now we have 18,000 UH Manoa students and 4300 people collecting unemployment.

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