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US College / Unemployment Rate for Bachelor’s-Degree: 3.7 Percent

I like to make this chart of unemployment rates by education attainment every few months. And it’s been a few months, so:

Here’s what this graph does not say. It doesn’t say that college is guaranteed to get you a job, especially right out of school. It also doesn’t say that college drop-outs are destined to be unemployed. There are 150 million people working or trying to find work right now. That’s a lot of data points, and, without context, one or several of those data points can help you make just about any argument you want to make about the worthlessness, or primacy, of higher education.

But here is what this graph really does tell us. People who don’t go to college have an unemployment rate well above the national average. People who complete a four-year degree have an unemployment rate that’s less than half of the national average. Those who graduate from college are more likely to have a job, more likely to earn a higher wage, and more likely to have the skills and experience that employers go to the labor market to buy.

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via A Case for College: The Unemployment Rate for Bachelor’s-Degree Holders Is 3.7 Percent – Business – The Atlantic.

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3 thoughts on “US College / Unemployment Rate for Bachelor’s-Degree: 3.7 Percent

  1. Helpful info. Lucky me I discovered your website unintentionally, and I’m shocked why this twist of fate didn’t came about earlier!
    I bookmarked it.

    Posted by Online Colleges and Universities | February 5, 2013, 8:39 am

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