LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas education officials say the number of high school graduates enrolling in state colleges in 2016 decreased slightly compared to the year before.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the Arkansas Department of Higher Education found that about 50 percent of the state’s more than 30,000 public high school graduates enrolled in a state public college or university last year. That’s down from 51 percent in 2015.

The report doesn’t track private school students, homeschooled students or students who go to college out of state.

The results come at a time in which the state’s overall number of public high school graduates has fallen for a second consecutive year.

State officials say a more educated workforce will attract companies and offer Arkansas residents better paying jobs.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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