(Wall Street Journal) — For those with little education, it pays to live among people with college degrees. Workers with less than a high school diploma were likelier to keep their jobs during the recession if they lived in a handful of metro areas with the highest concentrations of employees with college degrees, according to a paper released Friday by Alan Berube, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Mr. Berube studied recent census data for the nation’s 100 largest metro areas, identifying the 20 with the highest share of college graduates. In those areas, he found, the fraction of workers without high school diplomas who had jobs—their employment rate—declined by a median of 0.6 percentage point during the recent recession. In the other 80 areas, their employment rate fell three percentage points, or five times as much.