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Document Number: 8853

Degrees of Separation: Education, Employment, and the Great Recession in Metropolitan America - Each of the economic downturns in the United States in the last two decades has been greeted with claims by some that it is affecting professional, "white-collar" workers more severely than other workers, or than in past recessions. However, when the full impact is measured, those with higher levels of education have consistently done better than those with lower levels of education. This report examines the relationship between educational attainment and employment status during the two years of the "Great Recession" from 2007 to 2009. Particular focus is placed on the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas. (Alan Berube, Brookings Institution Press, November 2010)...

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