The Arkansas Workforce
In Arkansas, there is a strong relationship between education achievement and average wages. Surprisingly, this relationship exists whether or not one actually attained a degree or certificate that one was working toward. Those with some college hours made more than those without any college education, and those with more college hours had higher average wages than those with fewer hours. While there is also a bump in wages associated with a degree or certificate, participation in higher education is associated with higher wages, even without the degree or certificate. The same hold true for those with a high school education or less. Those who left high school as a senior make more than those who left as a junior.