Among young college grads, all gender and racial/ethnic groups face significantly higher underemployment rates today than in 2000: Underemployment of young college graduates (ages 21–24) not enrolled in further schooling, by gender and race/ethnicity, 2000 and 2019

2000 2019
Women 6.6% 9.7%
Men 7.3% 11.4%
White 6.7% 8.9%
Black 8.2% 14.1%
Hispanic 8.3% 13.5%
AAPI 7.4% 13.6%

Notes: AAPI stands for Asian American/Pacific Islander. Data for 2000 and 2019 use pooled data from January 1998–December 2000 and April 2016–March 2019, respectively. Data sample includes only those college graduates ages 21–24 who have not attained an advanced degree and who are not enrolled in further schooling.

Source: EPI analysis of Current Population Survey basic monthly microdata from the U.S. Census Bureau (EPI 2019a)

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