Report: Almost half of state’s young adults have college degree

First the good news. With 46 percent of the state’s young adults having earned a college degree, Connecticut has a more educated population than 44 other states, the U.S. Department of Education reports.

Now the bad news. The rate of people with a college degree did not increase between 2009 and 2010. This leaves Connecticut a long ways from the DOE’s call that states get 60 percent of its young adults a degree by 2020. To reach that benchmark, 105,000 more residents between the ages of 25 and 34 will need degrees.

Connecticut and 15 other states saw their degree rates decline slightly over the last available two years, while nationwide the number increase slightly.

Here is a state-by-state breakdown compiled by the U.S. DOE.