Portland college-educated workers depress area's earning power

Portland college-educated workers depress area's earning power

Portland's young college-educated men tend to choose majors, careers and work hours that lead to low pay.

This contributes to people in the area collectively earning $2.8 billion less a year than the national average, according to a new study.

The study seeks to explain why the metro area's per-capita income has fallen 5 percent below the national average as of 2010, down from 5 percent above it in 1997.

It portrays greater Portland as populated by humanities majors, designers, artists and teachers who work and earn less than in the vast majority of metropolitan areas.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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