The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that personal income and employment rates are significantly correlated to educational attainment. Whereas the average wage earner in the U.S. makes about $932 per week, an adult without a high school diploma or equivalent earns only $553. In 2018, the unemployment rate for these individuals was over 5%. They are typically the first individuals to realize the impact of a downturn in the economy. According to the Alliance for Excellent Education, not attaining a high school diploma or its equivalent results not only in challenges for the individual, but in significant costs to society.