Are College Graduates More Likely to Land a Job? (The Bureau of Labor Says So)

News 2012/06/06 13:00:00
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It's not exactly the best time to be getting out of college right now, with unemployment still hovering around 8 percent, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a college degree is better than nothing. Way better, in fact. They report just 3.9 percent unemployment among college graduates, compared to 8.1 percent among high school graduates and 13 percent among high school dropouts.

However, there's one major catch. That 3.9 percent unemployment for college grads does not include anyone under the age of 25, and according to Good.is, more than half of college graduates under 25 were unemployed last year. And while any employment is better than none, Good.is also notes that the Bureau doesn't specify what type of employment these grads are under. So what do you think, are college grads actually better off than those who never got a degree?

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  • Sour Dime 2012/06/06 18:47:00
    Sour Dime
    Depends on what kind of field they are in I would guess, but it is always better to have more education than equal to or not enough.

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  • Jabbo Jones 2012/07/31 22:46:47
    Jabbo Jones
    Yes, they are are. Last figures I saw had 4yr degree grads at 4.3% and Advanced degrees around 4%. Inspite of the many jobs that have been created, the public sector lost around 500,000 jobs in the height of the near collapse of our economic system, and many of those jobs have not been replaced. Additionally, reports have shown that nearly one-third of the stimulus money went to states for bridge repair/replacement and infrastructure work, and although some states are busy replacing bridges, repairing them and roads, other states have used the money to buy their materials from Chinese companies and some have even sort Chinese workers to perform the work rather than hiring Public Works people to do the work.
  • Brosia - KarmaRaven 2012/06/30 06:01:57
    Brosia - KarmaRaven
    But, the real question is if they are getting a job in their chosen field. I am betting that the answer to that is no.
  • Kibelle 2012/06/11 04:31:07
    Overall, a college degree will get you a good start in your job application.
  • Ryoka∞Boy 2012/06/08 21:53:48
    In this world lately it's equally as hard without graduating from a college.
  • Calm down! 2012/06/08 16:21:04 (edited)
    Calm down!
    No way! Half of College graduates are moving back in with Mom and Dad now in this horrible economy! Many small to mid sized companies are looking for people with years of experience now rather than a kid with a degree. College is really not worth getting into huge school loan debt for in this economy. Watch this video below!

  • FatherLiberty 2012/06/08 15:47:15
    It cracks me up to see people actually believe unemployment is at 8 percent. They can just say any number and you will believe them...? College grads are in line for a rude awakening. They might have a slightly better change though, so long as the dumb employers continue to believe college is worth something. As a college grad I can tell you a degree means nothing. College taught me... little to nothing.
  • Sheila 2012/06/08 15:47:03
    Too bad for the time being the jobs they are landing are waiting tables.......
  • Michaelene 2012/06/08 11:55:10
    The job market is so overwhelmed with applicants that entry level positions are requiring a degree. Want to be a receptionist? You need a bachelors degree.
  • beach bum 2012/06/08 08:23:10
    beach bum
  • sally 2012/06/08 08:06:07
    It really depends on the person and the job. My friends who recently got out of college with their degrees had searched for jobs but only one of them got a job, why? Because he's a real charmer. On the other hand the girl is kind of awkward and she knows how to do things but you really need to show her how. Then if you go into something like acting then the competition is going to be FIERCE because even people who don't have degrees are going to try out, but if you become a nurse it'll be easier because there is a higher demand in the medical field.
  • Simmering Frog 2012/06/08 07:48:49
    Simmering Frog

    More likely than what? The writer of this question found employment so there's got to hope for everyone.
  • Eyes See Wide North 2012/06/08 07:34:17
    Eyes See Wide North
    Not really, I started my career after dropping out of college, never went back, neither did most of my close friends who are now with me on top of the world.

    Anyone can do it with the right attitude, mind set, and all that.
  • overlord rai 2012/06/08 04:24:32
    overlord rai
    i thought this was common knowledge?
  • thє вluє wαndєrєr 2012/06/08 03:59:13
  • Eyes Se... thє вlu... 2012/06/08 07:34:49
    Eyes See Wide North
    Good luck to all those who will soon struggle, let the games begin, little prey.
  • chamchamgal 2012/06/08 03:19:23
    College Graduates get the good jobs. If you can't get a job with a college degree maybe you picked the wrong program.
  • Stix 2012/06/08 02:08:59 (edited)
    In the Obama economy we can have highly educated hamburger servers...
  • Michaelene Stix 2012/06/08 11:57:42
  • meme14 2012/06/08 01:08:33 (edited)
    I voted yes because my son just finished his 3rd year of college and I hope he is able to use his degree. I have a degree and it has helped me - not to the level that I had hoped but it did help. The only problem with having a degree is that most employers also want relevant experience to go along with it - and so it's hard for new graduates. I told my son to make sure he gets a good internship...crossing my fingers!!
  • sodabox 2012/06/07 23:09:01
    If they get a computer science degree.
  • trentin... sodabox 2012/06/08 01:44:06
    no doubt about that:

    "Revenge of the Nerds: Tech Firms Scour College Campuses for Talent"
  • davidgoessplat 2012/06/07 23:05:14
    More likely yes. Likely enough? No.
  • DICELISHOUS 2012/06/07 21:25:44
    Of course that is whats next right...a career
  • Elz 2012/06/07 21:17:51
    but some others till struggle.
  • 2020TRAV 2012/06/07 20:16:29
    NO it the Credit score Plagues oh you have allot of debt Sorry your receipts( don't cut it here Just your Credit (Score) Class welfare
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/06/07 19:26:37
    Margaret Jacobson
    The vast majority of jobs seem to require a degree in mathmatics, engineering etc...... but the only real jobs that pay a "lot" of money ($50,00 or more) seem to have gone overseas ?? The big openings seem to be in the "service sector"......MCDONALDS, BURGER KING, WENDYS, BARTENDER, COFFEE BARISTER ?? GET THE DRIFT ?? LOW PAYING JOBS WITH NO BENEFITS !!!
  • Herman 2012/06/07 19:17:13
    There are no jobs, get used to it! Until we get rid of 0bama there will be no jobs.
  • Eyes Se... Herman 2012/06/08 07:35:46
    Eyes See Wide North
    Obama got nothing to do with, its worldwide, never mind international success, international f*ck up, with or without Obama, the only people who can make a difference in this world are me, and anyone who chooses to join me and my new world.
  • Herman Eyes Se... 2012/06/08 15:23:36
  • Eyes Se... Herman 2012/06/09 00:51:36
    Eyes See Wide North
    Make your own world frankenf*ck, see how much better you do.

    I spent 2 years looking for work when I was younger and didnt get one interview, so I decided to make my own job. With nothing but my own idea, you wanna know how far I got?
  • Herman Eyes Se... 2012/06/11 14:44:56
    Ahh did I strike a nerve? You're in Spain, I'm in the US eventually it will cost the US for bailing your country out of it's financial mess. In the mean time try comparing apples to apples numbnuts.
  • Eyes Se... Herman 2012/06/11 16:41:31
    Eyes See Wide North
    Nice of you to look at my details to fight me because I am Spanish, which I am not, I used Spain as I spend a lot of my time there, I am Irish.

    Your reply completely ignored anything I said before, so I am telling you now, I am reporting you for being useless, a spammer if you must.
  • Herman Eyes Se... 2012/06/11 17:17:07
    You really are quite misguided. Who said anything about fighting you? My reply ignored what you said because it made no sense and you started it by hurling insults, now you add to that being a snitch. LOL YOU lose!!!
  • Eyes Se... Herman 2012/06/12 01:02:39
    Eyes See Wide North
    Really? Because people tend to follow me, some even try to live there life as IU do, maybe you should try and stop me if you think I am sooo evil.

    I lose nothing, you think we are in some sort of competition here? Cause if your playing a game against someone who isnt playing, how can you win?
  • Herman Eyes Se... 2012/06/12 14:16:41
    Really Einstein try not to flatter yourself, you give yourself much more credit than you deserve. Thanks for the laugh.
  • Eyes Se... Herman 2012/06/12 17:17:06
    Eyes See Wide North
    It has been anything but my pleasure, at least I can say I tried, to help an idiot today.

    So whats so great about you? Do tell
  • jacktown kid 2012/06/07 18:21:08
    jacktown kid
    it will tough tho
  • Mark5610 2012/06/07 18:02:45
  • Eyes Se... Mark5610 2012/06/08 07:36:02
    Eyes See Wide North
    Hard facts of life.
  • Amelia 2012/06/07 16:36:40
    more likely, but not always :P

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