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Reports show that individuals with higher learning attainment are more likely to be employed and, on average, earn more. According to a study by the U.S. Census Bureau, an individual with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn about $2.1 million over his or her lifetime, about $900,000 more than someone with just a high school diploma.


​Average unemployment rate

​High school graduates

Two-year degree/some college   

Bachelor's degree  

12.2 percent

8.1 percent

3.8 percent

​Average median income:

​High School graduate

Two-year degree/some college   

Bachelor's degree 





Source: The Rising Cost of Not Going to College, The Pew Foundation
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