Academic Ladder is Extending for More Young Adults

Posted December 12, 2015
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog academic ladder is extending 2015

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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.

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