Sustainability Measure: Economic Development

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Share of Population with a College Degree
Definition: This indicator shows the share of the community's population that holds a college degree, including 2-year, 4-year, or advanced degrees


Significance: A post-secondary education is essential to many of today's jobs, especially higher-paying jobs. A well-educated workforce can provide a competitive advantage to communities for helping to attract and retain businesses. College graduates can expect to earn over 80 percent more over their lifetime than high school graduates; even an Associate's degree can boost earnings by one-third*.


* Carnevale, A.P., S.J. Rose, and B. Cheah. "The College Payoff: Education, Occupations, and Lifetime Earnings." Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Based on analysis of the 2007-2009 American Community Survey.

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**Data Source: ACS/Summarized Data/2009-2013/5-Year Summary File
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Share of Population with College Degree (Number of Tracts)
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Data Source: ACS/Summarized Data/2009-2013/5-Year Summary File


Unemployment Rate
Definition: This indicator shows the unemployment rate, or the percentage of the total workforce who are unemployed and are looking for a paid job. The unemployment rate does not include long-term unemployed who have given up looking for work.

Significance: A higher unemployment rate indicates a depressed economy that may not provide an adequate standard of living for all its residents.

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**Data Source: ACS/Summarized Data/2009-2013/5-Year Summary File
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Unemployment Rate (Number of Tracts)
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Data Source: ACS/Summarized Data/2009-2013/5-Year Summary File




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