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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the surface more than one crisis — a struggling economy, racial inequities, K-12 school closures and a decline in college-going activities.

After our last recession ended in 2009, we saw enormous job growth — but it was not distributed equally. According to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, by 2016, individuals with bachelor’s degrees or more gained 8.4 million jobs as part of the post-recession recovery. Those with associate degrees and certificates gained 3.1 million jobs. And those with a high school diploma or less gained a mere 80,000 jobs.

Read more in The Detroit News.

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