This article provides the October 2013 BLS monthly unemployment and employment data and analysis for bachelor’s degree college grads aged 20-24.
Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics gathers, but does not publish, employment information on 20-24 year olds. This article uses BLS data to analyze the October 2013 unemployment situation for bachelor’s degree graduates. Unemployment and employment data can vary significantly from month to month for this cohort, but over time, trends can be seen.
The graphs below show the 20-24 year old cohort exclusively, with the first chart looking at the past year and a half (Jan, 2012—October, 2013), and the second chart comparing monthly unemployment rates over the last six years.
The October 2013 unemployment rate (6.5%) is lower than last month, which we would expect given the time of year.
One factor to consider when assessing the employment situation for recent graduates is that unemployment rates can vary significantly by month. However, as the following chart illustrates, the monthly rates do tend to rise and fall in a similar pattern each year:
The recent monthly employment data for college grads aged 20-24 indicate that the employment market continues to be challenging for recent graduates with bachelor’s degrees. The situation has been somewhat better,but, the question remains as to when there will be more consistent and sustained improvement in job prospects for new college graduates.