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Table 8-8.
Bachelor's degree holders as share of the workforce, by state: 1993, 1997, & 2002
  Bachelor's degree holders
(thousands)
Workforce Bachelor's degree holders in
workforce (percent)
  State 1993 1997 2002 1993 1997 2002 1993 1997 2002
  All states 35,605 40,695 48,697 120,303,214 129,540,407 136,945,620 29.6 31.4 35.6
   Alabama 380 535 652 1,845,425 2,057,160 1,978,462 20.6 26.0 33.0
   Alaska 73 106 98 274,788 289,735 297,831 26.6 36.6 32.9
   Arizona 544 561 837 1,715,112 2,080,658 2,506,677 31.7 27.0 33.4
   Arkansas 234 233 310 1,092,878 1,147,974 1,215,663 21.4 20.3 25.5
   California 4,922 5,563 5,847 13,918,275 14,942,526 16,241,776 35.4 37.2 36.0
   Colorado 645 688 993 1,800,035 2,080,012 2,297,565 35.8 33.1 43.2
   Connecticut 612 655 754 1,672,617 1,634,771 1,696,155 36.6 40.1 44.5
   Delaware 105 127 153 354,352 365,650 405,339 29.6 34.7 37.7
   District of Columbia 133 125 170 280,873 237,189 284,553 47.4 52.7 59.7
   Florida 1,847 2,137 2,840 6,191,793 6,780,081 7,642,161 29.8 31.5 37.2
   Georgia 883 1,045 1,284 3,265,259 3,727,295 4,071,469 27.0 28.0 31.5
   Hawaii 194 172 214 560,898 556,673 557,456 34.6 30.9 38.4
   Idaho 122 142 169 513,653 600,465 644,572 23.8 23.6 26.2
   Illinois 1,677 1,857 2,208 5,570,146 5,912,684 5,963,317 30.1 31.4 37.0
   Indiana 506 608 962 2,785,578 2,978,607 3,011,785 18.2 20.4 31.9
   Iowa 330 397 431 1,497,084 1,527,935 1,600,709 22.0 26.0 26.9
   Kansas 383 434 508 1,256,952 1,326,289 1,342,010 30.5 32.7 37.9
   Kentucky 410 438 566 1,689,935 1,812,779 1,856,567 24.3 24.2 30.5
   Louisiana 420 478 599 1,746,168 1,889,133 1,882,731 24.1 25.3 31.8
   Maine 168 167 218 582,047 625,790 656,064 28.9 26.7 33.2
   Maryland 849 1,055 1,298 2,505,102 2,640,878 2,771,882 33.9 39.9 46.8
   Massachusetts 1,188 1,360 1,494 2,945,402 3,130,763 3,301,276 40.3 43.4 45.3
   Michigan 1,128 1,273 1,485 4,418,025 4,752,196 4,691,095 25.5 26.8 31.7
   Minnesota 655 835 997 2,349,196 2,537,651 2,789,929 27.9 32.9 35.7
   Mississippi 274 346 367 1,138,166 1,189,825 1,209,733 24.1 29.1 30.3
   Missouri 647 780 948 2,489,049 2,768,598 2,825,055 26.0 28.2 33.6
   Montana 112 142 140 400,259 430,261 442,472 28.0 33.0 31.6
   Nebraska 186 222 288 835,581 881,901 924,870 22.3 25.2 31.1
   Nevada 150 215 300 689,404 846,319 1,059,890 21.8 25.4 28.3
   New Hampshire 199 209 263 575,418 625,386 672,363 34.6 33.4 39.1
   New Jersey 1,440 1,506 1,851 3,690,762 3,976,900 4,112,788 39.0 37.9 45.0
   New Mexico 214 249 283 697,828 763,254 829,775 30.7 32.6 34.1
   New York 2,807 3,051 3,571 7,973,256 8,276,305 8,789,721 35.2 36.9 40.6
   North Carolina 811 1,075 1,150 3,380,985 3,702,936 3,890,025 24.0 29.0 29.6
   North Dakota 80 80 107 306,234 338,691 332,199 26.1 23.6 32.2
   Ohio 1,385 1,553 1,840 5,130,907 5,452,225 5,497,213 27.0 28.5 33.5
   Oklahoma 409 433 441 1,435,793 1,529,590 1,616,774 28.5 28.3 27.3
   Oregon 459 507 601 1,479,939 1,626,986 1,695,275 31.0 31.2 35.5
   Pennsylvania 1,516 1,837 2,142 5,470,346 5,666,669 5,933,923 27.7 32.4 36.1
   Rhode Island 134 171 211 471,628 475,819 528,231 28.4 35.9 39.9
   South Carolina 371 447 603 1,686,920 1,844,062 1,851,214 22.0 24.2 32.6
   South Dakota 87 90 116 348,461 374,362 407,883 25.0 24.0 28.4
   Tennessee 477 609 797 2,356,704 2,564,781 2,776,401 20.2 23.7 28.7
   Texas 2,382 2,624 3,307 8,503,521 9,309,966 10,069,800 28.0 28.2 32.8
   Utah 207 290 326 879,788 1,006,997 1,107,946 23.5 28.8 29.4
   Vermont 92 89 130 298,748 314,053 335,623 30.8 28.3 38.7
   Virginia 1,039 1,236 1,612 3,207,393 3,273,222 3,583,240 32.4 37.8 45.0
   Washington 907 933 1,089 2,495,453 2,839,863 2,871,015 36.3 32.9 37.9
   West Virginia 142 182 195 702,895 747,677 755,288 20.2 24.3 25.8
   Wisconsin 618 760 869 2,598,025 2,840,345 2,860,916 23.8 26.8 30.4
   Wyoming 52 68 63 228,158 238,520 258,943 22.8 28.5 24.3
  Puerto Rico NA NA NA 1,003,885 1,131,925 1,189,957 NA NA NA
NA not available

NOTES: The state total for each year is the sum of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Bachelor�s degree holders include those who have completed a bachelor�s degree or higher. Workforce represents the employed component of the civilian labor force and is reported as annual data, not seasonally adjusted.

SOURCES: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Population Division, Education and Social Stratification Branch, Educational Attainment in the United States, various years; and U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics.


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