The unemployment rate for recent bachelors degree holders in nearly every major has improved, with the exception of communications and journalism majors, whose 8.2 percent unemployment rate is still rising, while unemployment for health majors has plateaued at around 6 percent.
For experienced workers, unemployment is highest for those with undergraduate degrees in the arts, architecture and social work. Experienced graduate degree holders weathered job losses better than others in nearly all cases.
While the report predicts a full employment recovery could take until 2017, it could take longer for earnings to bounce back. Although the wage premium a college degree confers is still intact, that’s only because less-educated workers have seen their earnings slide, as well.