While those without high school diplomas were hit the hardest during the recession, their fortunes are starting to turn around.

The Wall Street Journal's Lisa Beilfuss takes a look at the decline in unemployment for those 25 and under without a high school diploma: In October, the rate dropped to 7.4%, down from 7.9% in September

The participation rate for this sector has also increased ahead of the holidays:

"The retail sector tends to help provide a bump in hiring ahead of the holidays, and Amazon.com Inc., for its part, said last month that it planned to hire 100,000 workers for the holidays, up from 80,000 last year. The government said retail trade employment grew by 44,000 in October, which accounted for 16% of the total increase in nonfarm payrolls..."

For more, head over to The Wall Street Journal:

Read more >