Social/Economic Dimensions

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Workforce Indicators: Social/Economic Dimensions

Having a successful postsecondary educational experience is important – for both individual and collective economic and social well-being.

Much work has identified the importance of higher education in guaranteeing financial health in addition to desirable civic and social outcomes. The data represented here indicates that, nationally, the economic benefits associated with increased levels of postsecondary education are quite pronounced. In Texas, the difference in median annual earnings between individuals with only a high school diploma and those with an associate degree is almost $7,335, and the disparity between the former and people with bachelor’s degrees amounts to nearly $21,425.

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