But those figures cover adults of all ages, and there's been less study of whether the cost-benefit analysis might look different for recent graduates. Pew said it wanted to focus on 21-to-24 year olds, asking whether the recent downturn was so severe that it fundamentally changed the equation for those who entered the labor market at its worst.The report finds the employment rate for people in that age group with a bachelor's degree fell from 69 percent before the recession to 67 percent during, and was still down at 65 percent as of December, 2011. But the drops were sharper for those with lower credentials â¿¿ from 64 percent to 57 percent for those with associate's degrees, and 55 percent to 47 percent for those with just high school.
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