This is unacceptable in this country. Over half of LA’s potential workforce is functionally illiterate:
Continued immigration and a stubborn high school dropout rate have stymied efforts to improve literacy in Los Angeles County, where more than half the working-age population can’t read a simple form, a report released Wednesday found.
Alarmingly, only one in every 10 workers deemed functionally illiterate is enrolled in literacy classes and half of them drop out within three weeks, said the study by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
‘It’s an emergency situation,’ said Mayor James Hahn, adding that poor literacy rates could jeopardize the region’s economy by driving out high-tech businesses and other industries that pay well.”