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Postsecondary Education Value - Median Income vs. Unemployment

This chart shows the median income for the population 25 years and older and the unemployment rate by educational attainment for July of the corresponding year for those with a graduate or professional degree..

Chart plotting the data contained in the table on this page.

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Less Than High School Graduate  | High School Graduate
Some College / Associate Degree
Baccalaureate Degree
Average  |  All Education Levels

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Source of Unemployment Data: Special data request from California Employment Development Department Labor Market Information

Source of Median Income Data: U.S. Census Bureau American FactFinder
Note: Data from non-census years are estimates based on surveys.
Please see the U. S. Census Bureau website for more detailed information.

Median Income vs. Unemployment
Graduate / Professional Degree
Year Unemployment Rate Median Annual Income
20043.2% $ 65,728
20052.6% $ 67,740
20062.4% $ 71,060
20072.4% $ 71,938
20082.4% $ 74,664
20093.8% $ 73,078

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side-by-side comparison for all education levels.


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