U.S. unemployment rate, by education 1992-2019

This graph shows the rate of unemployment amongst those aged 25 or older, distinguished by educational attainment levels from 1992 to 2019 in the United States. In 2019, around 5.4 percent of people aged 25 and older who had less than a high school diploma, were unemployed.

The monthly unemployment rate in the U.S. can be accessed here and the unemployment rate for each U.S. state can be accessed here.

Unemployment rate in the United States from 1992-2019, by level of education

Less than a high school diplomaHigh school graduates, no collegeSome college, no degreeAssociate degreeBachelor's degree and higher
'195.4%3.7%3.3%2.7%2.1%
'185.6%4.1%3.7%2.8%2.1%
'176.5%4.6%4%3.4%2.3%
'167.4%5.2%4.4%3.6%2.5%
'15 8%5.4%5%3.8%2.6%
'14 9%6%6%4.5%3.2%
'13 11%7.5%7%5.4%3.7%
'12 12.4%8.3%7.7%6.2%4%
'11 14.1%9.4%8.7%6.8%4.3%
'10 14.9%10.3%9.2%7%4.7%
'09 14.6%9.7%8.6%6.8%4.6%
'08 9%5.7%5.1%3.7%2.6%
'07 7.1%4.4%3.8%3%2%
'06 6.8%4.3%3.9%3%2%
'05 7.6%4.7%4.2%3.3%2.3%
'04 8.5%5%4.5%3.7%2.7%
'03 8.8%5.5%5.2%4%3.1%
'02 8.4%5.3%4.8%4%2.9%
'01 7.2%4.2%3.5%2.9%2.3%
'00 6.3%3.4%2.9%2.3%1.7%
'99 6.7%3.5%3%2.5%1.8%
'98 7.1%4%3.2%2.5%1.8%
'97 8.1%4.3%3.5%2.7%2%
'96 8.7%4.7%4%3.3%2.2%
'95 9%4.8%4.3%3.3%2.4%
'94 9.8%5.4%4.7%3.8%2.6%
'93 10.8%6.3%5.6%4.4%2.9%
'92 11.5%6.8%6%4.8%3.2%
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Source

Release date

January 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

1992 to 2019

Age group

25 years and older

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