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Table 3. Labor force status of 2021 associate degree recipients and college graduates 20 to 29 years old by selected characteristics, October 2021

Table 3. Labor force status of 2021 associate degree recipients and college graduates 20 to 29 years old by selected characteristics, October 2021
[Numbers in thousands]
Characteristic Civilian
noninsti-
tutional
population
Civilian labor force Not in labor
force
Total Percent of
population
Employed Unemployed
Total Percent of
population
Number Rate

RECENT ASSOCIATE DEGREE RECIPIENTS(1)

Total, 20 to 29 years

371 298 80.3 284 76.7 13 4.5 73

Men

149 112 75.3 98 66.3 13 11.9 37

Women

222 186 83.7 186 83.7 - - 36

20 to 24 years

307 243 79.0 230 74.7 13 5.5 64

25 to 29 years

63 55 - 55 - - - 9

Vocational program

119 107 90.5 101 85.5 6 5.5 11

Academic program

252 190 75.5 183 72.6 7 3.9 62

Enrolled in school

197 152 77.2 147 74.3 6 3.8 45

Not enrolled in school

173 145 83.8 138 79.4 8 5.2 28

RECENT COLLEGE GRADUATES(2)

Total, 20 to 29 years

1,639 1,402 85.5 1,252 76.3 150 10.7 238

Men

641 553 86.3 445 69.5 107 19.4 88

Women

999 849 85.0 806 80.7 43 5.0 150

20 to 24 years

1,109 954 86.0 855 77.0 99 10.4 155

25 to 29 years

530 448 84.5 397 74.9 51 11.4 82

Enrolled in school

398 258 65.0 244 61.4 14 5.5 139

Not enrolled in school

1,242 1,143 92.1 1,007 81.1 136 11.9 98

White

1,249 1,094 87.6 995 79.6 100 9.1 155

Black or African American

169 136 80.3 117 69.5 18 13.4 33

Asian

171 129 75.6 115 67.4 14 10.8 42

Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

263 231 87.9 184 70.0 47 20.3 32

Bachelor's degree

Total, 20 to 29 years

1,257 1,082 86.0 940 74.8 142 13.1 175

Men

550 473 86.0 374 68.0 99 20.9 77

Women

707 609 86.1 566 80.0 43 7.0 98

20 to 24 years

999 860 86.1 761 76.2 99 11.5 138

25 to 29 years

259 222 85.7 179 69.2 43 19.2 37

Enrolled in school

332 217 65.5 203 61.2 14 6.6 115

Not enrolled in school

926 865 93.4 737 79.6 128 14.8 61

Advanced degree(3)

Total, 20 to 29 years

382 320 83.7 312 81.6 8 2.6 62

Men

91 80 87.8 72 78.8 8 10.3 11

Women

291 240 82.4 240 82.4 - - 51

20 to 24 years

111 94 84.6 94 84.6 - - 17

25 to 29 years

271 226 83.4 218 80.3 8 3.6 45

(1) Data refer to persons who received an associate degree in January through October 2021.
(2) Data refer to persons who received a bachelor's or higher degree in January through October 2021.
(3) Data refer to persons who received a master's, professional, or doctoral degree in January through October 2021.

NOTE: Detail for the above race groups (White, Black or African American, and Asian) do not sum to totals because data are not presented for all races. Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data. Dash indicates no data or data that do not meet publication criteria (values not shown where base is less than 75,000).

Last Modified Date: April 26, 2022