Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Metro and Nonmetro Poverty Rates According to Education Level 2005 to 2009

Workers with higher levels of educational attainment fared much better in the labor market. During 2010, the unemployment rate in nonmetro counties was 14.3 percent for adults with less than a high school diploma, 8.8 percent for adults with a high school diploma or equivalent, 6.9 percent for adults with some college or an associate’s degree, and 3.7 percent for adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher. Educational attainment not only decreases the likelihood of unemployment, but it also increases overall economic well-being. Between 2005 and 2009, poverty rates were significantly lower for nonmetro residents with higher levels of educational attainment.

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