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Education Pays

Completing a degree increases likelihood of higher earnings and lower unemployment

Education pays, according to a recent survey by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In 2011, those with a high school diploma-only were more likely to be unemployed than those with an associate's degree. With more education, unemployment figures fall even more, and those with only a high school diploma are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as those with bachelor's degree.

More education pays off in higher earnings, too. The median weekly income for those with a bachelor's degree is more than one-third higher than those with an associate degree, $1,053 per week for those with a bachelor's vs. $768 for those with an associate degree.

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In this chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, higher education correlated to higher median weekly earnings and lower unemployment