Special Report

The Most and Least Educated States

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40. Tennessee
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 28.7%
> Median earnings, all workers: $37,610 (10th lowest)
> Median earnings, bachelor’s degree holders: $50,633 (15th lowest)
> Estimated unemployment rate 2015-2019, all workers: 3.8% (14th highest — tied)
> Estimated unemployment rate, adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 2.2% (19th highest — tied)

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39. Idaho
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 28.7%
> Median earnings, all workers: $36,445 (6th lowest)
> Median earnings, bachelor’s degree holders: $46,364 (5th lowest)
> Estimated unemployment rate 2015-2019, all workers: 2.7% (10th lowest — tied)
> Estimated unemployment rate, adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 2.3% (13th highest — tied)

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38. Wyoming
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 29.1%
> Median earnings, all workers: $40,800 (25th lowest)
> Median earnings, bachelor’s degree holders: $47,962 (12th lowest)
> Estimated unemployment rate 2015-2019, all workers: 2.3% (5th lowest)
> Estimated unemployment rate, adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 2.1% (22nd highest — tied)

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37. Ohio
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 29.3%
> Median earnings, all workers: $40,586 (23rd lowest)
> Median earnings, bachelor’s degree holders: $53,680 (18th highest)
> Estimated unemployment rate 2015-2019, all workers: 3.7% (17th highest — tied)
> Estimated unemployment rate, adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 1.9% (18th lowest — tied)

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36. Iowa
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 29.3%
> Median earnings, all workers: $41,268 (23rd highest)
> Median earnings, bachelor’s degree holders: $51,751 (25th lowest)
> Estimated unemployment rate 2015-2019, all workers: 2.8% (12th lowest — tied)
> Estimated unemployment rate, adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 1.4% (5th lowest — tied)