Arts, Humanities, Architecture Are College Majors With Highest Jobless Rates, Study Shows

Wednesday, 04 Jan 2012 12:05 PM

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College graduates with degrees in the arts, humanities and architecture have the highest rates of unemployment. A new study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education in the Workforce found that those with the lowest rates of unemployment had bachelor’s degrees in health, education and agriculture, The Washington Post reported.

The rate of unemployment for those with undergraduate degrees in architecture was 13.9 percent; the arts, 11.1 percent; and the humanities, 9.4 percent. However, those in health and education had an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent, and those in agriculture, 7 percent.

“People keep telling kids to study what they love — but some loves are worth more than others,” Anthony Carnevale, one of the authors of the study told the Post. “When people talk about college, there are all these high-minded ideas about it making people better citizens and participating fully in the life of their times. All that’s true, but go talk to the unemployed about that.”

Regardless, the study also showed that those with higher levels of education fared better in the job market. Recent college graduates had an unemployment rate of 8.9 percent compared to 22.9 percent for high school graduates and 31.5 percent for high school dropouts, the Post reported.

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