Unemployed workers with a high school education or less are locked out of three-quarters of the job openings in the Baltimore region.

That's according to a report released Wednesday by the Brookings Institution, which warned of an "education gap" between jobs and workers nationwide. The Washington think tank said U.S. job openings require more education than the average adult has — particularly the unemployed.

Locally, 76 percent of job openings at the beginning of the year required at least some college, Brookings said. About 62 percent of adults in the Baltimore area have that qualification.

The gap is even more striking among the unemployed. In 2010, less than half of Baltimore-area residents out of work and looking — 47 percent — had at least some college under their belts, Brookings said.

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