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Extracted from a longer report covering New England, the Massachusetts data make a clear case for attainment of a college degree. Compared to persons holding a high school diploma, an associate's degree can boost annual earnings by nearly $7,000, and a bachelor's degree by over $25,000. The gains compared to persons without a high school diploma are even greater.

Unemployment rates also decline significantly: from 7.5% (high school grad) to 3.0% (bachelor's degree). See the full report:

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