Special Report

College Majors With the Highest Unemployment


To determine the college majors with the highest unemployment rates, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on employment status and undergraduate major from the Public Use Microdata Sample summary files of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey. Undergraduate college majors were ranked based on the number of unemployed individuals with a bachelor’s degree in that major as a share of all members of the civilian labor force with that major in 2019. Data on earnings and educational attainment for each major also came from the Census. Data on field of study and employment status are self-reported by the survey’s respondents. To be included in the dataset, the respondents must have graduated and received a bachelor’s degree. While respondents were able to list the field of study for any bachelor’s degree they have received and may have listed multiple majors, only the first major listed was considered in this analysis.

Majors noted as a miscellaneous subset of a more common field of study were excluded from our analysis.

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