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Study Says Pennsylvania Ranks 6th in College Debt

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"College graduates are less likely to get a job," said Anna Pycior, a spokeswoman for Demos. "If you do manage to get a job, it is getting less and less likely you will be provided with health benefits and you will face the increasingly bleak prospect of a retirement plan.

"All of it while trying to address your $27,000 on average in student debt."

Joblessness is not just a major issue for the state population, but also for the state government. The state lost 350,000 jobs during the Great Recession and still needs to add 230,000 to get back to a normal employment level, when the number of jobs that are still missing -- a full-two years into the recovery -- is added to normal population growth.