This graph shows the unemployment rate by four levels of education (all groups are 25 years and older).
Unfortunately this data only goes back to 1992 and only includes one previous recession (the stock / tech bust in 2001). Clearly education matters with regards to the unemployment rate – and it appears all four groups are generally trending down.
Although education matters for the unemployment rate, it doesn’t appear to matter as far as finding new employment.
Note: This says nothing about the quality of jobs – as an example, a college graduate working at minimum wage would be considered “employed”.
From Calculated Risk: http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/
Henry Luke August 11, 2015