Education levels and unemployment at end of 2003
April 13, 2004
At 8.5 percent, the unemployment rate of persons with less than a high school diploma was higher than that of persons with more education in the fourth quarter of 2003.
Persons with a bachelor’s degree or higher had an unemployment rate of 3.0 percent, a figure that was unchanged over the year after having doubled between 2000 and 2002. The 4.7-percent unemployment rate of those with some college training, but without a degree, also was little changed over the year.
The only group for whom the unemployment rate rose over the year—by 0.3 percentage point, to 5.5 percent—was high school graduates with no college.
These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information on labor market trends in 2003, see "The U.S. labor market in 2003: signs of improvement by year’s end," by Rachel Krantz, Marisa Di Natale, and Thomas J. Krolik, Monthly Labor Review, March 2004.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Education levels and unemployment at end of 2003 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2004/apr/wk2/art02.htm (visited May 27, 2016).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.
Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.
- A look at pay at the top, the bottom, and in between
The Spotlight examines how earnings and wages have changed over time and how they differ within a geographic area, industry, or occupation.