Pew Research Center Data Shows Surprising Degree Rates Among Gen X

The Pew Research Center just released shocking data about Generation X and the amount of them that have college degrees.

According to the data released by Pew, only about two thirds of millenials that are between the ages of 25 and 32 do not have a bachelor’s degree. We often hear jokes about members of Generation X working in fast food joints while holding a top notch diploma, but this is not actually the case for the majority of this generation.

The lead researcher for the Pew Research Center report, Richard Fry says, “There’s been a lot of attention paid to the adversities facing college-educated millennials, but generally the college educated young adults, they’re doing better than earlier generations of college educated young adults.”

The study performed by Pew Research Center found that the majority of those in their mid twenties to early thirties only have high school diploma’s and make $17,500 less than their peers that hold four year degrees.

Richard Fry goes on to say, “Among the less educated, it’s not simply that they’re trailing behind their college-educated counterparts; it’s that they’re doing worse off than earlier generations of less educated adults.”

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