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Florida's share of college-educated adults rises, slowly and steadily



The percentage of college-educated Floridians is on the rise for the sixth straight year, though the number stubbornly lags behind the national average.

Of working-age adults in Florida, 39.9 percent have at least an associate’s degree, compared to 40.9 percent across the U.S., according to the Florida College Access Network.

Florida ranks 29th among states.

“Florida’s steady progress in recent years is good news, but we still have room for improvement,” Laurie Meggesin, executive director of Florida CAN, said in a statement.

U.S. Census data show a 1 percent increase in Florida degree attainment rates as of 2015. According to Florida CAN, that equates to about 182,000 more degree-holding residents ages 25-64.

“Labor economists predict over 60 percent of all jobs in Florida will soon require some form of postsecondary education, so we need to ensure our students have the credentials they need to fill those jobs,” Meggesin said. Florida CAN has a lofty goal: 60 percent degree attainment by 2025.

The trend continues upward at a slow but steady pace. Over the past five years, the state’s share of college-educated adults rose 3.7 percent.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 10:17am]


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