Census Bureau: Back To School and Why It Is Important

Almost two full weeks into the month of August and it is prime time to start getting ready for school again. The Census Bureau estimates that a $8.8 billion will be spent on back to school shopping. Last year $17.7 million were spent to import rubber erasers from mainly china to the U.S. and $2.6 million worth were then exported, mainly to Mexico. China also imported $128.9 million of a total $256.9 million of binders and folders to the U.S. with $41.5 million being exported, mostly to Canada.

In 2014, there were 77.2 million children and adults enrolled in school throughout America comprising of 25.6% of the entire population age 3 and older. Also in 2014, there were a total of 4,688 colleges, universities and professional schools in the U.S. $83,417 is the average earnings for full-time, year-round workers age 18 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher further supporting the importance of staying in school and getting your degree. That data supports the efforts that Sheridan County School District #2 have made with their Next Level program. Next Level is geared to helping keep kids in school until they graduate. Learn more at www.nextlevelwyo.org.