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U.S. Data: More Education Equals Better Job Outcomes

April 3, 2019

Adults with a degree after high school are far less likely to be unemployed or underemployed than are their peers who lack such a credential, a new federal report affirms.

The brief report, "Relationship Between Educational Attainment and Labor Underutilization," shows that nearly a quarter (23 percent) of Americans aged 25 to 64 who have a high school degree were either unemployed (13 percent), involuntarily working part-time (6 percent) or involuntarily working on a temporary basis (4 percent), while 16 percent of those with an associate degree, 14 percent of those with a bachelor's degree and 13 percent of those with a graduate or professional degree fell into one of those three categories. More than a third of Americans without a high school degree were un- or underemployed.

In another measure, Americans with a college degree made up about 38 percent of the country's unemployed and underemployed population, while those with a high school degree or less made up more than half (53 percent).

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Doug Lederman

Doug Lederman is editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed. He helps lead the news organization's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings and on campuses around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University. Doug lives with his wife, Kate Scharff, in Bethesda, Md.

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