Census: More employed women have degrees

April 26, 2011 at 6:07 PM
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WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- Thirty-seven percent of employed women had a bachelor's degree or higher degree in 2010, compared with 35 percent of men, U.S. Census officials say.

However, among all adults -- employed and unemployed -- age 25 and older, 29.6 percent of women and 30.3 percent of men had at least a bachelor's degree.

The data comes from "Educational Attainment in the United States: 2010," which says 36 percent of the nation's population age 25 and older left school before obtaining a degree including 15 percent of the population that didn't earn a regular high school diploma.

Fifty-two percent of Asians age 25 and older had a bachelor's degree or more, 33 percent of non-Hispanic whites did, 20 percent of blacks and 14 percent of Hispanics, the report says. Thirty-five percent of naturalized citizens had a bachelor's or higher.

"The tabulations permit one to see not only the broad levels of educational attainment adults experienced, but if they did not receive a high school diploma, the specific level of schooling they did reach," Sonia Collazo, a Census Bureau demographer, says in a statement.

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