Academic Ladder is Extending for More Young Adults

Posted December 11, 2015, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

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Today’s young adults are more likely to have an associate’s degree relative to 2008 (42% versus 37%). This statistical jump is encouraging, as the global job market continues to grow more skilled and specialized.

At the same time, more than half of all young adults ages 25 to 34 still have academic careers that stop at or before their high-school graduation day.    

The likelihood that young adults stop their academic track when — or even before — they have a high-school diploma in hand varies by state. This scenario is most likely in Nevada (70%) and least likely in Massachusetts (43%).

Explore more economic well-being data — at the state and national level — in the KIDS COUNT Data Center.