US: Young women are far more likely to have a college degree than men

Nearly a third of women — 32% — had a bachelor’s at age 27, compared with 24% of men, the Labor Department said Wednesday.

The finding is part of a comprehensive study on employment and education levels of America’s young adults, based on surveys that last occurred in 2012.

A greater share of young women also had at least some college, if not a degree, than did men.

More than two-thirds — 70% — of female 27-year-olds had a bachelor’s or at least attended some college, the report said. That compared to 61% of men.

The report has other interesting findings:

  • At age 27, whites were more than twice as likely as blacks or Hispanics to have a bachelor’s. The share of whites with a bachelor’s was 33%, compared with 15% of both blacks and Hispanics.
  • Young adults who were single worked less than those who were married. At age 27, single Americans were employed 70% of the weeks from age 18 to 26. Married people worked 77% of the weeks.
  • Young women with children worked less than young women without children. At age 27, women with children in their household were employed 65% of weeks from age 18 to 26. Women without children worked 76% of the weeks.
  • For men, the opposite was true. Young men with children worked 79% of the weeks while young men without children worked 73%.