Higher education typically lowers a worker’s chances of being unemployed but does not eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in unemployment rates: Unemployment rate by race/ethnicity and educational attainment, 2019

Education level White Black Hispanic AAPI
Less than high school 8.4% 14.7% 5.7% 4.4%
High school 3.8% 7.6% 4.5% 2.7%
Some college 3.0% 5.4% 4.0% 3.5%
College 2.1% 3.8% 3.2% 2.8%
Advanced degree 1.8% 2.7% 2.1% 2.2%

Notes: AAPI refers to Asian American and Pacific Islander. Race and ethnicity categories are mutually exclusive (i.e., white non-Hispanic, Black non-Hispanic, AAPI non-Hispanic, and Hispanic any race).

Source: Economic Policy Institute analysis of Current Population Survey basic monthly microdata from EPI Microdata Extracts, Version 1.0.24 (2021); https://microdata.epi.org.

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