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Unemployment Rates for Doctorate Social and Behavioral Scientists

Note: Labor force is defined as those unemployed and seeking work. The unemployment is the ratio of those who are unemployed but seeking work to the total labor force.


Doctorate sociologists and other social and behavioral scientists benefited from a solid labor market and experienced unemployment rates of only about one to two percent from 1993 and 2001. By 2003, however, the unemployment rates for both sociologists and psychologists with sociologists experiencing unemployment rates of 2.6 percent. While it is unclear whether or not this increase is indicative of a longer-term trend, the increase in unemployment was paralleled by rising involuntary out-of-field rates and rising retirement rates. By 2008, the effects of the Great Recession on unemployment rates across disciplines can be seen.

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ASA Computations based on National Science Foundation, Science Resource Statistics, Characteristics of Doctoral Scientists and Engineers in the United States (Arlington, VA: NSF, 1996-2008). Retrieved from (October 2013).

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