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    The job market for recent college graduates in the United States

    APRIL 05, 2013

    In October 2011, the unemployment rate for 20- to 29-year-olds who had graduated from college in 2011 was 12.6 percent. The rate was 13.5 percent for those who recently had earned bachelors

    degrees and 8.6 percent for those who recently had earned advanced degrees. Despite modest improvement since the most recent peak in October 2009, the unemployment rates of recent college graduates remained above the rates prior to the 20072009 recession.

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    Men who had earned bachelors degrees in 2011 had an unemployment rate of 16.1 percent in October 2011, compared with 11.2 percent for their female counterparts. Over the period of October 2007 to October 2009, the unemployment rate of both male and female recent bachelors degree

    recipients rose sharply. The increase in unemployment was especially severe for men, who experienced a peak unemployment rate of 26.6 percent in October 2009, more than twice the rate of their female counterparts.

    The October 2011 unemployment rate for men who had earned advanced degrees in 2011 was 12.0

    percent, compared with 6.1 percent for women who had earned advanced degrees in 2011. Among the employed 2011 recipients of bachelors or advanced degrees, about 2 in 5 found work in

    educational and health services in October 2011. Twenty percent of recent bachelors degree

    recipients and 30 percent of recent advanced degree recipients were employed in educational services. About 18 percent of recent bachelors degree recipients and 25 percent of recent advanced degree recipients worked in health care and social assistance.

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    Almost one-quarter of 2011 recipients of advanced degrees were employed in professional and business services. Recent bachelors degree recipients made up almost all of the recent graduates employed in leisure and hospitality.

    These data are from the Current Population Survey. To learn more, see "Recent college graduates in the U.S. labor force: data from the Current Population Survey," (HTML) (PDF) by Thomas Luke

    Spreen, Monthly Labor Review, February 2013. College graduates are persons who completed a

    bachelors degree or more education. Recipients of an advanced degree are those who received a masters, professional, or doctoral degree.

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