Black college graduates are more likely than white graduates to be underemployed when it comes to their skills: Shares of workers with a college degree who are not employed in a college occupation, by race, 2019

Race/ethnicity Share employed but not in a college occupation
Black 39.4%
White, non-Hispanic 30.9%

Notes: Estimates are based on a 12-month average (July 2018–June 2019). College graduates include those with a bachelor’s degree or higher. “Black” includes blacks of Hispanic ethnicity. Whites are non-Hispanic. See the methodology for how “college occupation” is defined.

Source: Authors’ analysis of Current Population Survey basic monthly microdata from the U.S. Census Bureau

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