A recent study by the Council on Postsecondary Education found that Black and Asian people in Kentucky have persistent pay gaps, even with the same level of education as white Kentuckians.

Researchers studied education levels from a high school diploma to a terminal degree  and found white Kentuckians have higher lifetime earnings than almost all other groups in the Commonwealth. Asian Kentuckians earn less than similarly educated white peers. And Black and Hispanic Kentuckians are underrepresented among those holding terminal degrees in their fields. 

David Mahan, associate vice president of the CPE’s Data and Advanced Analytics department, said they want to be very clear in their research conclusions: that the findings are about occupation selection.

“In other words, more females and more of Kentucky’s residents

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