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Increased education is associated with both higher wages and lower unemployment. This Spotlight on Statistics highlights how that relationship has changed over time and examines additional detail on educational attainment.

The charts and analysis that follow illustrate historical and current statistics from the Current Population Survey on the U.S. labor force for people age 25 years and older by educational attainment, defined as the highest diploma or degree received at the time the survey was conducted.


Suggested Citation
Brundage, Jr., V. (2017). BLS spotlight on statistics: Profile of the labor force by educational attainment. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.