About 60 percent of job openings likely to be created in the next six years in Ohio will require education beyond high school, researchers at Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce say.
But in nearly one half of Ohio counties, less than one-quarter of adults have at least an associate degree. And counties with higher rates of education tend to have lower poverty and unemployment rates.
That alone doesn’t prove that more education equals less poverty and unemployment. Still, as our colleagues at StateImpact Indiana wrote, education pays, and generally, education employs:
“In the U.S., the highly educated are most likely to be working full time for an employer,” the [Gallup researchers wrote about a fall 2011 poll], “highlighting the benefits of a good education during these difficult economic times.” High school graduates are twice as likely to be underemployed or unemployed as are college graduates, according to the Gallup figures.
Compare Education Rates to Poverty, Unemployment Rates in Ohio Counties
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