If you can read this, you may be thinking that this article doesn't apply to you.
You might be thinking:
So what? I'm literate. Illiteracy doesn't affect me.
Research by ProLiteracy shows that 36 MILLION adults across the United States cannot read, write or do basic math above a third grade level.
Again, so what? That's not great for them, but what does that mean for me?
Well, when an individual is illiterate, the number and types of jobs which that individual can perform are extremely limited: and many can't work in any industry due to their limitations.
The job market's terrible all around these days...
Yes, it is...
But that means that there are 36 MILLION adults in America that are costing the U.S. around $225 BILLION or more EACH YEAR due to non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of revenue due to unemployment.
This info-graphic, published by Literacy Partners Inc., breaks down the annual cost of Illiteracy for the United States Government.
And that's a lot of money out of your pocket. Because you pay taxes to the US Government and the US Government uses those taxes to pay for all sorts of things (such as unemployment).
So why not invest in lowering that amount?
Invest your time. Invest in a better future.
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