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Educational Attainment and Unemployment

The Bureau of Labor Statistics regularly publishes national unemployment rates by educational attainment for the highest degree attained for workers 25 and older. This analysis typically uses the Current Population Survey (CPS) data. Unfortunately, the CPS data are too small to provide high quality estimates for unemployment rates by educational attainment for individual states. Thankfully, there are multiple federal sources of statistical information available. The large sample size of the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual American…

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Are 93% of men in Polkton, NC, really unemployed?

By on 10.21.13 in Economic Data

I stumbled across the following table while searching for some North Carolina information: Table 1. “Employed Male Civilian Population Percentage City Rank” (low to high), 2006-2010 ACS This table supposedly represents the percentage of the male civilian population that is currently employed based on the 2006-2010 American Community Survey data. As a demographer who works with social and economic data, the standard definition of the civilian population is the subset of the total population 16…

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