Special Report

The Most and Least Educated States

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35. South Carolina
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 29.6%
> Median earnings, all workers: $37,727 (12th lowest)
> Median earnings, bachelor’s degree holders: $50,734 (19th lowest)
> Estimated unemployment rate 2015-2019, all workers: 3.7% (17th highest — tied)
> Estimated unemployment rate, adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 2.0% (22nd lowest — tied)

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34. South Dakota
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 29.7%
> Median earnings, all workers: $38,646 (15th lowest)
> Median earnings, bachelor’s degree holders: $47,630 (9th lowest)
> Estimated unemployment rate 2015-2019, all workers: 2.2% (3rd lowest — tied)
> Estimated unemployment rate, adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 1.2% (2nd lowest)

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33. Michigan
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 30.0%
> Median earnings, all workers: $40,450 (22nd lowest)
> Median earnings, bachelor’s degree holders: $54,634 (17th highest)
> Estimated unemployment rate 2015-2019, all workers: 4.2% (7th highest — tied)
> Estimated unemployment rate, adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 2.3% (13th highest — tied)

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32. Arizona
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 30.2%
> Median earnings, all workers: $39,956 (19th lowest)
> Median earnings, bachelor’s degree holders: $52,077 (24th highest)
> Estimated unemployment rate 2015-2019, all workers: 4.0% (12th highest)
> Estimated unemployment rate, adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 2.7% (5th highest)

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31. Alaska
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 30.2%
> Median earnings, all workers: $47,809 (6th highest)
> Median earnings, bachelor’s degree holders: $53,033 (20th highest)
> Estimated unemployment rate 2015-2019, all workers: 4.7% (5th highest)
> Estimated unemployment rate, adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 1.7% (13th lowest — tied)