With unemployment trending up the jobs numbers are getting a lot of attention. But what’s buried in there and getting less notice is the numbers by educational attainment. The problems are hardly equally distributed and again the returns to education are apparent. In an increasingly post-industrial economy someone remind me again why post-secondary education or training for all is not a vital national goal? For instance, as a policy hook, why shouldn’t states make the post-secondary prep or college-prep track the default one in high schools so parents have to opt their kids out of that rather than into it? Update: Sherman Dorn has more.