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Choosing Our Future: A Story of Opportunity in America

Earnings and Unemployment Rates by Educational Attainment

Source: Current Population Survey, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.



Not only is educational attainment associated with earnings, but there is also a clear relationship between levels of education and unemployment rates

Looking at individuals with less than a high school diploma, we can see that:

  • They were almost twice as likely to be unemployed as the average for all workers.
  • They were over two-and-a-half times as likely to be unemployed as those with bachelor's degrees.
  • And they were over four-and-a-half times as likely to be unemployed compared with individuals who had professional or doctoral degrees.