College grads getting majority of jobs

36% of the U.S. workforce has a bachelor's degree or higher

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AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – According to a new report, college grads are getting jobs. In fact, they are getting nearly all of the jobs.

11.6 million jobs have been created since we’ve climbed out of the recession. 8.4 million of those jobs went to people with at least a bachelor’s degree.

Recent college graduates have turned their tassels at the right time. A new report by the Center of Education shows employers increasingly want workers with degrees. 36% of the U.S. workforce has a bachelor’s degree or higher, 30% have an associates and 34% have just a high school diploma.

“I think it’s becoming more normal to get a bachelor’s degree. You would need to either further your education and get a master degree to really stand out or a PHD or just become more experience in the field that you are looking to progress in,” said UMass graduate Allanah Rubi-Mooney.

However, other students told 22News college is too expensive for many.

“My background. My parents are both very poor, my mother is an immigrant. I would not be here today if she did not have funding. She got a full ride to college. They still would have been in the projects without education. I value education a lot and I know how important it is to have help,” said UMass graduate student Gina Georgadarellis.

The other problem is that in Massachusetts, baby boomers are retiring faster than students are graduating. It’s putting the pressure on state universities like UMass graduate more students. According to the state department of education, the supply or graduates is not meeting the demand. There are more jobs available, than graduates to fill them. By the year 2025, Massachusetts could fall short by more than 50,000 bachelors degrees.

Nearly two-thirds of the jobs posted online in Massachusetts require at least a bachelor’s degree.

Massachusetts education officials say they’ll focus specifically on narrowing the achievement gap and creating more opportunities for minorities to go to college.

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