Study finds link between education, income

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A study on northeast Indiana confirms what you may have heard growing up: the more education you have, the better off you are financially.

Data collected in an American Community Survey for northeast Indiana between 2012 and 2016 shows a little over 47% of northeast Indiana residents between the ages of 25 and 64 without at least a high school diploma or G.E.D. were unemployed.

A similar trend shows up for those living in poverty, with about 25% of those without a high school education living in poverty.

On the other side, only 15% of those with a bachelor’s degree or higher were jobless, and only 4% of those with such degrees were reported as living in poverty.

Adams County has the highest percentage of people living in poverty with less than a high school education, at nearly 30%.

ACS data shows that the percentage of people with an associate degree rose from 8.6 percent for the period between 2007 and 2011 to 9.2 percent for 2012-2016; the percentage for those with a bachelor’s degree increased from 13.4 percent to 14.2 percent; and the percentage of people with graduate or professional degrees went up from 7.0 percent to 7.6 percent.

Edmond O’Neal, president of Northeast Indiana Works, said not only is it important to pursue educational opportunities beyond high school, it would be wise to specifically consider training and education that meets the occupational needs of employers.

“One way people can do that is by taking advantage of the state’s Next Level Jobs initiative, which provides free training leading to certifications and high-growth, in-demand careers, or by considering other free training opportunities that may be available through WorkOne Northeast.”


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