Why College Graduates Are Unemployed

By Watson Scott Swail, President & CEO, Educational Policy Institute/EPI International

Tony Carnevale, Ban Cheah, and Jeff Strohl’s new publication: HardTimes: College Majors, Unemployment and Earnings, states that unemployment for new BA graduates is “an unacceptable 8.9 percent,” acknowledging that it is an even worse 22.9 percent for recent high school graduates. Their publication showcases the reality that different BA degrees have different unemployment rates, with Architecture among the worst (13.9 percent) and Law and Public Policy among the best (8.1) percent.

But why the high (relatively) unemployment rates for recent graduates?

Here are my four non-empirical suggestions (because I don’t have the data just yet, but will for my upcoming book on this subject):


3 comments on “Why College Graduates Are Unemployed”

  1. I agree. Definitely the numbers of graduates are overflowing but we need better graduates. It is not just graduating but learning and to know what to contribute on the future. They should know and learn what is needed. Choosing the course to take should not only be with what you are good at or what it interests you, sometimes we should leave our comfort zone and learn something new and with our passion, to succeed.

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  2. Yes, I also think there is no need of more graduates, but rather there is a need of better graduates. Sometimes (at some universities) an A grade is obtain too easily.

  3. Making a living needs more than just a college diploma. You need to be useful to your chosen field. You need to strive more and work hard more. The problem for most people is their pride..

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