Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Unemployment by degree

Today the Post reports on a study showing unemployment by undergraduate degree in the 2009 and 2010 waves of the American Community Survey. The graphic shows unemployment rates among recent college graduates aged 22-26 ranging from 13.9% for architecture majors to 5.4% for education or for health majors.  I'm not exactly sure what a "heath" major is, but apparently they exist!

Economics winds up lumped in with all the other social sciences, for whom just-graduated unemployment was about 9%, near the national average for all workers.  Business majors experienced more like 7.5%.

Care for a closer look?  Try the 2009 and 2010 ACS samples in the IPUMS.