Job market: mal-employment rates in the U.S. 2000-2010, by age group

This statistic shows the mal-employment rate (the rate at which university graduates are employed in jobs below their qualification level) in the United States in 2000, 2007 and 2010, by age group. In 2010, the mal-employment rate of 20 to 24 year olds stood at 39.1 percent, a significant increase from the rate of 29.8 percent in 2000.

Mal-employment rates of university graduates in the United States 2000,2007, 2010, by age group

Age groups200020072010
20 to 2429.8%34.2%39.1%
25 to 2923.5%26.1%29.9%
30 to 3424.6%25.1%26.2%
35 to 4423.6%24.9%25.3%
45 to 5426.5%26.1%25.9%
55 to 6425.7%28.3%29.6%
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Release date

June 2012


United States

Survey time period

2000, 2007 and 2010

Supplementary notes

Mal-employment refers to graduates who accept jobs well below their skill set or professional capacity.

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