Unemployment Rates by Education Level and Race/Ethnicity, 2009

Among Hispanic, black, and white adults, the unemployment rate decreases markedly as the level of educational attainment increases.

Figure 1.10b: Unemployment Rates of Individuals Ages 25 and Older, by Education Level and Race/Ethnicity, 2009

Fig 1.10b: Unemployment Rates by Education Level and Race/Ethnicity, 2009

Notes & Sources 

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010c.

  • At each level of educational attainment, the unemployment rate for blacks is higher than that for whites, Asians, or Hispanics.
  • The 6.7 percentage point gap between the unemployment rates for black individuals with at least a bachelor’s degree and black high school graduates is larger than the differences within other racial/ethnic groups.
  • The 7.3% unemployment rate for blacks with at least a bachelor’s degree is higher than the 6.2% unemployment rate for whites with an associate degree, and similar to the 7.5% unemployment rates for Asian high school graduates and associate degree recipients.