Report: Nearly two-thirds of Americans over 25 are employed

In August 2019, 62.5 percent of people age 25 and over were employed. The employment–population ratio among those with less than a high school education was 44.6 percent, while those with at least a bachelor’s degree had an employment–population ratio of 72.3 percent.

Since 2005, the employment–population ratio for people with less than a high school diploma has ranged from a low of 38.5 percent in May 2011 to a high of 44.9 percent in October 2018. The ratio has been 44.0 percent or higher only during 1 month in 2005, 3 months in 2007, and 7 months during 2018 and 2019.

Over the 2005–19 period, the employment–population ratio for people with a high school diploma (no college) reached its high of 61.0 percent in July 2006 and its low of 53.6 percent in February 2013.

The highest ratio during this period for people with some college or an associate degree was 70.6 percent in May 2005; the low was 62.6 percent in October 2013.

The highest employment-population ratio among people with a bachelor’s degree or higher education during the 2005–19 period was 77.2 percent in February 2007, while the lowest ratio for these people was 71.5 percent in February 2017.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. See “The Employment Situation — August 2019” for more information. More charts featuring Current Population Survey data are presented in charts related to the latest “The Employment Situation” news release. The employment–population ratio is the proportion of the civilian noninstitutional population that is employed.