BS¹ your way to a more secure job

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Last week highlighted the fact that, according to the U.S. Census, the 2010 the median income of Wisconsin residents with a bachelor’s degree was $17,192 higher than those with only a high school diploma. College graduates also fare better at the unemployment line.

According to the latest data (September) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the national unemployment rate for adults age 25 years and older was 7.8 percent. The rate for adults (25+) with a high school degree, but no college, was 9.7 percent.

What was the unemployment rate in September for those people age 25 years and older with at least a bachelor’s degree?

A. 4.6 percent
B. 6.0 percent
C. 6.9 percent
D. 7.3 percent


D. 46,639

In September, the unemployment rate in the U.S. for college graduates age 25 years and older was 4.6 percent. That compares to for a rate of 9.7 percetn for those adults age 25+ with a high school degree, but no college.

If 4.6 percent seems low, it is important to note that the unemployment rate for adults (25+) with a college degree was only 2.0 percent in September, 2007.

Similar data for all educational levels and ages is available from the BLS .