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Women in the U.S. are almost twice as likely as men to earn a bachelor’s degree by age 23, underscoring decades of gains by females in schools and the workforce, according to a government survey.

Women in the U.S. are almost twice as likely as men to earn a bachelor’s degree by age 23, underscoring decades of gains by females in schools and the workforce, according to a government survey.

By that age, almost 1 in 4 women earned the college degree compared with 1 in 7 men, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said in a report released Thursday in Washington. The research comes from a study that annually follows the lives of the same 9,000 people, born from 1980 to 1984, according to an agency release.

Women’s outperformance coincided with their increasing opportunities in the workforce as jobs shifted from male-dominated factories to offices open to female employees, Jay Meisenheimer, a bureau economist and one of the study’s authors, said in a telephone interview.

“We’ve seen this great transformation in the workforce, away from manufacturing toward more of a service economy,” Meisenheimer said. “Now that there are more opportunities for women to work, we’re seeing a growing number completing high school and college and going on to graduate and professional programs.”

 
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