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The current federal prison population is more than 218,000

The current federal prison population is more than 218,000

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has experienced an almost tenfold increase in its population since 1980.

Source: 2012, The Growth & Increasing Cost of the Federal Prison System: Drivers and Potential Solutions
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57%: Average decline in uninsurance rates in seven cities in states that expanded Medicaid

57%: Average decline in uninsurance rates in seven cities in states that expanded Medicaid

In seven cities in states that did not expand Medicaid, the average decline was only 30 percent.

Source: 2014, The ACA and America’s Cities: Fewer Uninsured and More Federal Dollars
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In 2011, 18% of all workers worked for themselves and had no employees

In 2011, 18% of all workers worked for themselves and had no employees

Sole proprietors tend to have worse economic outcomes than wage-and-salary workers, but employees in family businesses do better.

Source: 2014, Self-Employment, Family-Business, Ownership, and Economic Mobility
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About 30% of young people ages 16–18 who left school without a high school diploma are working

They are disproportionately male, Hispanic, and not living with a parent. Most left school before high school or in 12th grade.

Source: 2015, Dropping Out and Clocking In
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57% of student debt holders are worried they may be unable to repay

57% of student debt holders are worried they may be unable to repay

Women, the underemployed, and people with low incomes or financially dependent children are more likely to have repayment anxiety.

Source: 2013, Forever in Your Debt: Who Has Student Loan Debt, and Who’s Worried?
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2 of the 30 fastest growing occupations require a bachelor’s degree for an entry-level position

2 of the 30 fastest growing occupations require a bachelor’s degree for an entry-level position

But jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree are projected to grow faster than overall job growth over the next 10 years.

Source: 2012, Labor Market and Demographic Analysis: A National Picture of Short-term Employment Growth by Skill
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