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Those with bachelor’s degrees earn 79% more than high school grads

Those with bachelor’s degrees earn 79% more than high school grads

There are many ways to assess education’s payoff, but the earnings gap for all those wanting employment is vast.

Source: 2014, Higher Education Earnings Premium: Value, Variation, and Trends
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In 2012, 37% of graduate-degree recipients had borrowed $50,000 or more to pay for school

That year, 14 percent of graduate-degree recipients owed as much as $100,000 for undergraduate and graduate studies combined.

Source: 2015, Student Debt: Who Borrows Most? What Lies Ahead?
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22.4% of Americans without a high school degree received SNAP or cash aid in 2010

22.4% of Americans without a high school degree received SNAP or cash aid in 2010

Only 3.2 percent of Americans with bachelor’s degrees received aid in 2010 – still more than double the pre-recession rate.

Source: 2012, Receipt of Assistance by Education
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The US gained 6.2 million fewer jobs after the Great Recession than the 1980s recession

The US gained 6.2 million fewer jobs after the Great Recession than the 1980s recession

Weak job growth after the recession has contributed to historically high rates of long-term (more than six months) unemployment.

Source: 2013, Responding to Long-Term Unemployment
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In large tribal areas, the share of households lacking full plumbing was 11.5x the US average

In large tribal areas, the share of households lacking full plumbing was 11.5x the US average.

Native Americans have seen gains in housing quality, but large gaps in access to basic facilities still remain.

Source: 2014, Continuity and Change: Demographic, Socioeconomic, and Housing Conditions of Native American Indians and Alaska Natives
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Pimps in Washington, DC, had average weekly cash incomes of $11,588 between 2005 and 2011

Pimps in Washington, DC, had average weekly cash incomes of $11,588 between 2005 and 2011

The estimated revenues of America’s underground sex economies range from $39.9 million in Denver to $290 million in Atlanta.

Source: 2014, Estimating the Size and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in Eight Major US Cities
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