Chart of the Week: Unemployment by Educational Attainment

Mar 12, 2019
Employment, Chart of the Week, Career

Note: Shaded regions indicate periods when the economy was in recession, a period of time when the economy is contracting instead of growing. 


  • Finish the sentence based on the information in the graph: The ______ education you have the _______ the _____________________ rate. 
  • During what periods is the gap in unemployment between the least educated and most educated the widest? the narrowest? 
  • Your friend tells you that some college is better than none. Based on the chart above, how much do employers seem to value workers with "some college?"
  • This chart measures unemployment rate for various educational levels. What do you think this chart would look like if you were comparing average salaries to educational levels? 


Looking for more charts for your students to analyze? Be sure to check out NGPF's Data Crunch resources. 


About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.