Detroit's population fell by 25 percent in the last decade. And of those that stuck around, nearly half of them are functionally illiterate, a new report finds.

According to estimates by The National Institute for Literacy, roughly 47 percent of adults in Detroit, Michigan -- 200,000 total -- are "functionally illiterate," meaning they have trouble with reading, speaking, writing and computational skills. Even more surprisingly, the Detroit Regional Workforce finds half of that illiterate population has obtained a high school degree.

The DRWF report places particular focus on the lack of resources available to those hoping to better educate themselves, with fewer than 10 percent of those in need of help actually receiving it. Only 18 percent of the programs surveyed serve English-language learners, despite 10 percent of the adult population of Detroit speaking English "less than very well."

Additionally, the report finds, one in three workers in the state of Michigan lack the skills or credentials to pursue additional education beyond high school.

In March, the Detroit unemployment rate hit 11.8 percent, one of the highest in the nation, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last month. There is a glimmer of hope, however: Detroit's unemployment rate dropped by 3.3 percent in the last year alone.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder have been aggressively attempting to reinvent the once-great Motor City. Last year, the Wall Street Journal reported that then newly-elected Mayor Bing planned to tear down 10,000 of the city's 90,000 abandoned properties.

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    CEO-to-employee pay ratio: 322:1 CEO: Indra K. Nooyi (Credit: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/ceo-income/fortune-50">PayScale</a>)

  • 9. United Technologies Corporation

    CEO-to-employee pay ratio: 326:1 CEO: Louis R. Chênevert (Credit: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/ceo-income/fortune-50">PayScale</a>)

  • 8. AT&T

    CEO-to-employee pay ratio: 342:1 CEO: Randall L. Stephenson (Credit: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/ceo-income/fortune-50">PayScale</a>) AT&T said in a statement: "We are an employer of choice providing high-quality middle class jobs with highly competitive wages and benefits that are among the best in America and significantly greater than our competitors’. AT&T benefits are comprehensive and more extensive than those offered by most employers, including our competitors in the cable industry. And in an era when many companies are either curtailing or abandoning benefits, we continue to provide great benefits – including market-competitive health and welfare, pension and savings plans – to 1.2 million employees, retirees and their dependents."

  • 7. IBM

    CEO-to-employee pay ratio: 349:1 CEO until December 2011: Samuel J. Palmisano (Credit: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/ceo-income/fortune-50">PayScale</a>)

  • 6. Medco

    CEO-to-employee pay ratio: 431:1 CEO until Express Scripts acquired Medco in 2012: David B. Snow, Jr. (Credit: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/ceo-income/fortune-50">PayScale</a>)

  • 5. CVS Caremark Corporation

    CEO-to-employee pay ratio: 456:1 CEO until last year: Thomas M. Ryan (Credit: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/ceo-income/fortune-50">PayScale</a>) CVS said in a statement: "Our executive compensation is appropriate and in line with industry standards and with the company’s overall performance. We continue to deliver strong financial results in a challenging environment, performing favorably against our peer group on several critical measures including revenue growth and total shareholder return."

  • 4. McKesson

    CEO-to-employee pay ratio: 537:1 CEO: John H. Hammergren (Credit: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/ceo-income/fortune-50">PayScale</a>)

  • 3. Verizon

    CEO-to-employee pay ratio: 613:1 CEO until June 2011: Ivan G. Seidenberg (Credit: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/ceo-income/fortune-50">PayScale</a>)

  • 2. Walmart Stores

    CEO-to-employee ratio: 717:1 CEO: Michael T. Duke (Credit: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/ceo-income/fortune-50" target="_hplink">PayScale</a>)

  • 1. UnitedHealth Group

    CEO-to-employee pay ratio: 1,737:1 CEO: Stephen J. Hemsley (Credit: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/ceo-income/fortune-50">PayScale</a>)