New Report Examines Racial Gap in Marital Status by Educational Attainment

BLSNew data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics offers a look at the employment, educational, and marital status of young Americans at the age of 29. The data shows that as African Americans move up the educational ladder, they are more likely to married than their less-educated peers. But large racial gaps in marital status remain at all educational levels.

The tables presented in the report show that 21.8 percent of 29-year-old African Americans were married in 2014 compared to 45.5 percent of 29-year-old Whites. For 29-year-old African Americans with at least a four-year college degree, 28.7 percent were married in 2014. For 29-year-old Whites with a college degree, 49.3 percent were married in 2014.

For 29-year-old African Americans in 2014 who were high school dropouts, 20.4 percent were married in 2014. For 29-year-old Whites who were high school dropouts, 39.8 percent were married in 2014.

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