Special Report

The Most and Least Educated States

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50. West Virginia
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 21.1%
> Median earnings, all workers: $35,440 (4th lowest)
> Median earnings, bachelor’s degree holders: $45,304 (4th lowest)
> Estimated unemployment rate 2015-2019, all workers: 5.1% (the highest — tied)
> Estimated unemployment rate, adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 2.3% (13th highest — tied)

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49. Mississippi
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 22.3%
> Median earnings, all workers: $32,574 (the lowest)
> Median earnings, bachelor’s degree holders: $44,148 (2nd lowest)
> Estimated unemployment rate 2015-2019, all workers: 5.1% (the highest — tied)
> Estimated unemployment rate, adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 2.9% (2nd highest — tied)

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48. Arkansas
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 23.3%
> Median earnings, all workers: $35,215 (2nd lowest)
> Median earnings, bachelor’s degree holders: $46,964 (6th lowest)
> Estimated unemployment rate 2015-2019, all workers: 3.5% (22nd lowest — tied)
> Estimated unemployment rate, adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 1.7% (13th lowest — tied)

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47. Louisiana
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 25.0%
> Median earnings, all workers: $37,599 (9th lowest)
> Median earnings, bachelor’s degree holders: $50,699 (17th lowest)
> Estimated unemployment rate 2015-2019, all workers: 4.8% (4th highest)
> Estimated unemployment rate, adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 2.1% (22nd highest — tied)

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46. Kentucky
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 25.1%
> Median earnings, all workers: $37,674 (11th lowest)
> Median earnings, bachelor’s degree holders: $50,711 (18th lowest)
> Estimated unemployment rate 2015-2019, all workers: 3.7% (17th highest — tied)
> Estimated unemployment rate, adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 1.7% (13th lowest — tied)