Having a college degree can give you a leg up on those with only a high school diploma, but just how much of an advantage depends on where you go.
Some of the widest gaps between job openings for workers who have college educations and those who don’t are in central California, according to a new report by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.
In the Bakersfield, Calif., metro area, there were 18 times the number of job openings for college grads versus those with high school diplomas or less in 2010.
One of the main problems there is that the residents have little education so they don’t have many opportunities. Most of the jobs are in agriculture or oil production.
“A high school degree is no longer going to cut it,” said Richard Chapman, head of the development organization, noting that companies are looking for skilled workers. “The worst thing is to have a job opening and no one to fill it.”
The Brookings report analyzed the educational requirements for new jobs in the nation’s 100 largest metro areas. It found that places with a greater concentration of college graduates have better job prospects for both those with degrees and those who just finished high school. (Read more.)
Via Tami Luhby @CNNMoney.