Released: February 18, 2014

Invest in libraries; they are windows into digital literacy for adults (Commentary)

For example, some 80 percent of job applications are now completed online. Yet among American adults with no high school diploma, only 61 percent use the Internet, according to a recent report by theĀ Pew Research Center.

The recent data from PIAAC shows a correlation between Americans who are literate and those who are using the Internet — only 6 percent of adults in the U.S. and 8 percent of adults under 35 performed at the highest proficiency level on the problem-solving/technology scale.

Further statistics reveal only 9 percent of Internet users without a high school diploma participated in online job training or courses, compared with 12 percent of high school graduates, 23 percent of those with some college credit and 32 percent of college graduates.

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