Table 8-27
Bachelor's degree holders potentially in the workforce, by state: 2000, 2003, and 2007
 
  Bachelor's degree holders 25–64 years old   Employed workforce   Bachelor's degree holders/workforce (%)
State 2000 2003 2007   2000 2003 2007   2000 2003 2007
 
United States 39,078,598 43,038,717 47,027,346   136,940,378 137,418,377 152,650,836   28.5 31.3 30.8
Alabama 479,734 532,098 557,588   2,067,147 2,000,039 2,182,779   23.2 26.6 25.5
Alaska 87,739 91,931 99,542   299,324 308,523 352,304   29.3 29.8 28.3
Arizona 638,515 689,950 847,406   2,404,916 2,565,030 3,029,090   26.6 26.9 28.0
Arkansas 247,079 276,084 303,203   1,207,352 1,199,379 1,367,801   20.5 23.0 22.2
California 4,960,210 5,611,074 5,925,276   16,024,341 16,226,987 18,188,055   31.0 34.6 32.6
Colorado 819,906 901,534 988,923   2,300,192 2,323,554 2,705,557   35.6 38.8 36.6
Connecticut 633,867 695,356 706,405   1,697,670 1,704,693 1,865,483   37.3 40.8 37.9
Delaware 111,260 126,828 125,749   402,777 403,504 442,692   27.6 31.4 28.4
District of Columbia 133,155 148,230 166,334   291,916 283,736 325,562   45.6 52.2 51.1
Florida 1,968,126 2,266,930 2,596,402   7,569,406 7,811,887 9,147,797   26.0 29.0 28.4
Georgia 1,148,814 1,266,705 1,486,341   4,095,362 4,180,568 4,814,831   28.1 30.3 30.9
Hawaii 184,130 196,970 215,385   584,858 588,880 649,080   31.5 33.4 33.2
Idaho 149,622 172,807 199,003   632,451 652,627 754,136   23.7 26.5 26.4
Illinois 1,876,455 2,032,846 2,190,396   6,176,837 5,942,720 6,697,382   30.4 34.2 32.7
Indiana 672,835 707,713 801,095   3,052,719 3,011,436 3,211,461   22.0 23.5 24.9
Iowa 351,922 366,596 415,765   1,557,081 1,543,507 1,660,979   22.6 23.8 25.0
Kansas 385,924 434,766 445,743   1,351,988 1,364,410 1,478,781   28.5 31.9 30.1
Kentucky 402,094 435,777 498,060   1,866,348 1,851,017 2,043,770   21.5 23.5 24.4
Louisiana 453,353 512,319 480,089   1,930,662 1,899,642 1,997,873   23.5 27.0 24.0
Maine 170,334 193,729 207,589   650,385 655,561 704,693   26.2 29.6 29.5
Maryland 979,588 1,083,343 1,141,741   2,711,382 2,750,040 2,980,353   36.1 39.4 38.3
Massachusetts 1,266,113 1,370,101 1,450,619   3,273,281 3,211,853 3,408,197   38.7 42.7 42.6
Michigan 1,242,388 1,378,696 1,435,481   4,953,421 4,681,180 5,019,984   25.1 29.5 28.6
Minnesota 783,613 891,852 938,351   2,720,492 2,765,997 2,930,553   28.8 32.2 32.0
Mississippi 256,581 279,111 297,806   1,239,859 1,228,526 1,314,811   20.7 22.7 22.7
Missouri 695,491 776,798 834,879   2,875,336 2,819,935 3,031,187   24.2 27.5 27.5
Montana 124,462 130,542 144,380   446,552 447,679 501,349   27.9 29.2 28.8
Nebraska 230,857 244,248 273,457   923,198 932,870 983,438   25.0 26.2 27.8
Nevada 206,361 241,719 309,343   1,015,221 1,092,651 1,335,852   20.3 22.1 23.2
New Hampshire 207,431 226,741 252,305   675,541 684,348 738,314   30.7 33.1 34.2
New Jersey 1,510,429 1,639,510 1,744,741   4,130,310 4,126,674 4,466,275   36.6 39.7 39.1
New Mexico 226,334 232,196 259,419   810,024 832,639 943,062   27.9 27.9 27.5
New York 3,031,927 3,275,249 3,561,887   8,751,441 8,713,529 9,519,301   34.6 37.6 37.4
North Carolina 1,044,025 1,155,486 1,324,014   3,969,235 3,965,695 4,519,186   26.3 29.1 29.3
North Dakota 80,545 91,105 96,019   335,780 335,453 365,598   24.0 27.2 26.3
Ohio 1,375,311 1,480,377 1,598,059   5,573,154 5,502,110 5,976,510   24.7 26.9 26.7
Oklahoma 383,381 414,535 451,047   1,609,522 1,597,338 1,732,703   23.8 26.0 26.0
Oregon 488,862 533,853 613,549   1,716,954 1,704,397 1,927,802   28.5 31.3 31.8
Pennsylvania 1,618,658 1,736,241 1,896,406   5,830,902 5,818,296 6,287,116   27.8 29.8 30.2
Rhode Island 156,862 185,148 184,117   520,758 535,458 576,987   30.1 34.6 31.9
South Carolina 454,656 521,905 575,269   1,902,029 1,868,309 2,136,516   23.9 27.9 26.9
South Dakota 89,855 95,907 108,977   397,678 405,840 442,555   22.6 23.6 24.6
Tennessee 649,844 719,592 784,298   2,756,498 2,720,676 3,036,736   23.6 26.4 25.8
Texas 2,646,909 2,892,917 3,278,378   9,896,002 10,260,318 11,492,422   26.7 28.2 28.5
Utah 276,360 292,932 374,739   1,097,915 1,132,948 1,361,768   25.2 25.9 27.5
Vermont 103,476 113,291 121,452   326,742 333,788 353,861   31.7 33.9 34.3
Virginia 1,232,454 1,361,804 1,505,597   3,502,524 3,646,114 4,054,199   35.2 37.3 37.1
Washington 932,352 1,037,358 1,131,129   2,898,677 2,916,045 3,408,191   32.2 35.6 33.2
West Virginia 157,883 179,117 186,093   764,649 742,990 808,840   20.6 24.1 23.0
Wisconsin 690,065 732,493 829,718   2,894,884 2,866,994 3,089,321   23.8 25.5 26.9
Wyoming 60,451 64,307 67,782   256,685 259,987 287,743   23.6 24.7 23.6
                       
Puerto Rico 378,586 NA 485,235   1,162,153 1,200,322 1,393,808   32.6 NA 34.8
 

NA = not available

NOTES: Bachelor's degree holders include those who completed a bachelor's or higher degree. Workforce represents employed component of civilian labor force and reported as annual data not seasonally adjusted.

SOURCES: Census Bureau, 2000 Decennial Census and American Community Survey (various years); and Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics.

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