Here’s How Bad the Job Market Is If You Don’t Go to College

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A job seeker fills out an application during a job fair in Santa Clara, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

For years, President Barack Obama and education policy officials have warned that workers will need at least some post secondary education to succeed in the new economy.

Now there’s evidence backing them up. A new Georgetown University report shows that out of the 11.6 million jobs created after the Great Recession, 11.5 million went to applicants who had at least some college education on their résumés.

Of these jobs, the bulk—8.4 million—went to Americans with bachelor’s degrees or higher—proof that earning a college diploma is worth the time and expense. People with some college education or an associate’s degree gained more than 3 million jobs, while post–Great Recession employment of workers with high school diplomas or less only grew by 80,000 jobs.

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