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President Obama wants WA to get more degrees

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SEATTLE (AP) - A new government report shows Washington is one of 15 states that saw the number of college degrees held by 25- to 34-year-olds go down during the recession.

The data was released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education, the day before Education Secretary Arne Duncan plans to speak at the National Governors Association meeting about raising college attainment across the nation.

The report says 40.9 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds in Washington state had college degrees in 2010. About 6,000 more college graduates lived in the state in 2009. President Obama says he wants 60 percent of Americans to have college degrees by the end of the decade.

Right now, the only place in the U.S. that has met that goal is Washington, D.C.