Number Of College Grads Drops In Washington, 14 Other States; Recession Blamed

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A new government report shows Washington is one of 15 states that saw the number of college degrees held by 25- to 34-year-olds decrease during the recession.

The data was released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education, the day before Education Secretary Arne Duncan plans to speak at the National Governors Association meeting about raising college attainment across the nation.

The report says 40.9 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds in Washington state had college degrees in 2010. About 6,000 more college graduates lived in the state in 2009.

Nationally, the percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds with some kind of postsecondary degree rose from 38.8 percent to 39.3 percent between 2009 and 2010, according to census data.

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