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In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to the economic value of college degrees. The following indicators examine the rate of unemployment among humanities majors and how it compares to the levels for majors in other broad academic fields. Key findings include the fact that older humanities majors (as compared with those who graduated more recently) and those with advanced degrees (relative to those whose highest degree was a bachelor’s) tend have lower levels of unemployment, and that humanities majors are somewhat likelier than college graduates in general to be unemployed.

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* People are classified as unemployed if they do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the previous four weeks, and are currently available for work. For an inventory of the particular degree programs included under each of the broad academic fields to which the graph refers, see the ACS-HI Crosswalk. Fields are arranged in descending order of unemployment rate among both genders.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey Public-Use Microdata Sample. Data analyzed and presented by the American Academy of Arts Sciences’ Humanities Indicators (www.humanitiesindicators.org).

The information presented here on unemployment among degree holders in the humanities and other major academic fields is based on an original analysis by the Humanities Indicators of data from the American Community Survey (ACS), which has been administered by the U.S. Census Bureau since 2005. The ACS replaced the “long form” version of the decennial census and collects information—used to allocate more than $400 billion in state and federal funding—about Americans’ personal characteristics, family composition, employment, income, and housing. The ACS-based unemployment estimates presented here diverge from the better-known monthly unemployment figures based on the Current Population Survey, which is jointly sponsored by BLS and the Census Bureau, “because the surveys use different questions, samples, and collection methods.” (For additional information, see the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “American Community Survey Questions and Answers” at http://www.bls.gov/lau/acsqa.htm).

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* People are classified as unemployed if they do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the previous four weeks, and are currently available for work. For an inventory of the particular degree programs included under each of the broad academic fields to which the graph refers, see the ACS-HI Crosswalk. Fields are arranged in descending order of unemployment rate among both genders.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey Public-Use Microdata Sample. Data analyzed and presented by the American Academy of Arts Sciences’ Humanities Indicators (www.humanitiesindicators.org).

The information presented here on unemployment among degree holders in the humanities and other major academic fields is based on an original analysis by the Humanities Indicators of data from the American Community Survey (ACS), which has been administered by the U.S. Census Bureau since 2005. The ACS replaced the “long form” version of the decennial census and collects information—used to allocate more than $400 billion in state and federal funding—about Americans’ personal characteristics, family composition, employment, income, and housing. The ACS-based unemployment estimates presented here diverge from the better-known monthly unemployment figures based on the Current Population Survey, which is jointly sponsored by BLS and the Census Bureau, “because the surveys use different questions, samples, and collection methods.” (For additional information, see the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “American Community Survey Questions and Answers” at http://www.bls.gov/lau/acsqa.htm).

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* People are classified as unemployed if they do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the previous four weeks, and are currently available for work. For an inventory of the particular degree programs included under each of the broad academic fields to which the graph refers, see the ACS-HI Crosswalk.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey Public-Use Microdata Sample. Data analyzed and presented by the American Academy of Arts Sciences’ Humanities Indicators (www.humanitiesindicators.org).

The information presented here on unemployment among degree holders in the humanities and other major academic fields is based on an original analysis by the Humanities Indicators of data from the American Community Survey (ACS), which has been administered by the U.S. Census Bureau since 2005. The ACS replaced the “long form” version of the decennial census and collects information—used to allocate more than $400 billion in state and federal funding—about Americans’ personal characteristics, family composition, employment, income, and housing. The ACS-based unemployment estimates presented here diverge from the better-known monthly unemployment figures based on the Current Population Survey, which is jointly sponsored by BLS and the Census Bureau, “because the surveys use different questions, samples, and collection methods.” (For additional information, see the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “American Community Survey Questions and Answers” at http://www.bls.gov/lau/acsqa.htm).

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* People are classified as unemployed if they do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the previous four weeks, and are currently available for work. For an inventory of the particular degree programs included under each of the broad academic fields to which the graph refers, see the ACS-HI Crosswalk.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey Public-Use Microdata Sample. Data analyzed and presented by the American Academy of Arts Sciences’ Humanities Indicators (www.humanitiesindicators.org).

The information presented here on unemployment among degree holders in the humanities and other major academic fields is based on an original analysis by the Humanities Indicators of data from the American Community Survey (ACS), which has been administered by the U.S. Census Bureau since 2005. The ACS replaced the “long form” version of the decennial census and collects information—used to allocate more than $400 billion in state and federal funding—about Americans’ personal characteristics, family composition, employment, income, and housing. The ACS-based unemployment estimates presented here diverge from the better-known monthly unemployment figures based on the Current Population Survey, which is jointly sponsored by BLS and the Census Bureau, “because the surveys use different questions, samples, and collection methods.” (For additional information, see the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “American Community Survey Questions and Answers” at http://www.bls.gov/lau/acsqa.htm).

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* People are classified as unemployed if they do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the previous four weeks, and are currently available for work. For an inventory of the particular degree programs included under each of the broad academic fields to which the graph refers, see the ACS-HI Crosswalk.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey Public-Use Microdata Sample. Data analyzed and presented by the American Academy of Arts Sciences’ Humanities Indicators (www.humanitiesindicators.org).

The information presented here on unemployment among degree holders in the humanities and other major academic fields is based on an original analysis by the Humanities Indicators of data from the American Community Survey (ACS), which has been administered by the U.S. Census Bureau since 2005. The ACS replaced the “long form” version of the decennial census and collects information—used to allocate more than $400 billion in state and federal funding—about Americans’ personal characteristics, family composition, employment, income, and housing. The ACS-based unemployment estimates presented here diverge from the better-known monthly unemployment figures based on the Current Population Survey, which is jointly sponsored by BLS and the Census Bureau, “because the surveys use different questions, samples, and collection methods.” (For additional information, see the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “American Community Survey Questions and Answers” at http://www.bls.gov/lau/acsqa.htm).

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