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The Condition of Education 2014

Population Characteristics

Labor Force Participation and Unemployment Rates by Educational Attainment

In 2013, the unemployment rate for those with at least a bachelor’s degree was lower than the rates for those with lower levels of educational attainment. During the most recent economic recession (2008 through 2010), the unemployment rate increased less for those who had at least a bachelor’s degree than for those who had less than a bachelor’s degree.

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Unemployment rates of persons 25 to 64 years old, by educational attainment: Selected years, 2000 through 2013

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, unpublished annual average data from the Current Population Survey (CPS).