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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 who have not completed high school..

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

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High School Graduate
Some College / Associate Degree
Baccalaureate Degree  | Graduate / Professional 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
Less Than High School Graduate
Year Unemployment Rate Median Annual Income
200412.4% $ 17,255
200510.0% $ 18,163
20069.5% $ 18,487
20079.6% $ 19,173
200811.4% $ 20,109
200917.3% $ 18,451

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side-by-side comparison for all education levels.


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