Educational attainment's connection to labor force

Educational attainment is also connected to unemployment and labor force participation.

Not only is the unemployment rate highest for people who did not finish high school, many of these people are not in the labor force at all. Adults who did not finish high school are 3.5 times more likely to be disconnected from the workforce, and people in Cleveland who did not finish high school are more than five times as likely to not be in the labor force as those with at least a bachelor’s degree.


Labor Force includes employed and those actively looking for work (unemployed).


U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2018 1-year Estimates