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      Minnesota is Among Top 10 Best Educated States

      Posted on May 09, 2013 at 2:43 PM


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      This week, the New York Times published an article that declared Minnesota one of the top ten best educated states in the nation. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Minnesota is one of ten states with the greatest share of bachelor’s degree holders. In fact, as of 2009, 31.5 percent of Minnesotans held a bachelor’s degree and 91.5 percent were high school graduates.

      This week, the New York Times published an article that declared Minnesota one of the top ten best educated states in the nation. According to the U.S. Census Bureau , Minnesota is one of ten states with the greatest share of bachelor’s degree holders. In fact, as of 2009, 31.5 percent of Minnesotans held a bachelor’s degree and 91.5 percent were high school graduates. 

      The article also gauged job prospects for young adults between the ages of 25 and 34. According to the New York Times analysis, “In three regions – the upper Midwest, New England and the area around Washington – the job market for younger adults is considerably stronger than in the rest of the country...When you look at the three regions that are doing better, you quickly notice they are among the country’s best-educated.” 

      That includes Minnesota, which according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics has an employment-to-population ratio for young workers of well over 80 percent. That means that more than 80 percent of Minnesotans aged 25 to 34 are working. Still, Minnesota can and must do better.

      By investing in our education system, and preparing our workforce for 21st Century jobs, Minnesota has improved the job prospects of young workers – giving young people an incentive to live, work, and raise their families right here in Minnesota. These measures of success offer tangible evidence that strong investments in education are tied directly to the strength of our economy.

      This session, Governor Dayton is working hard to deliver on his promise to increase funding for education every year he is Governor – no excuses, no exceptions. To learn more about his proposed new investments in education – from early learning, to K-12 schools, to our higher education system – visit the Governor’s website .

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      More information about these measures, and other information about Governor Dayton’s proposed Budget for a Better Minnesota, is available online at http://mn.gov/governor/budget/toolkit . Follow the conversation on Twitter at #BetterMN and ‘like’ Governor Dayton on Facebook for additional up-to-the-minute updates on budget-related news.