Nearly Two-thirds of Americans Over 25 are Employed

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

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

Over the 2005–2019 period, the employment-population ratio for people with a high school diploma (no college) reached its high of 61.0% in July 2006 and its low of 53.6% in February 2013.

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

The highest employment-population ratio among people with a bachelor’s degree or higher education during the 2005–2019 period was 77.2% in February 2007, while the lowest ratio for these people was 71.5% 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.