Gallup: Few College Grads Unemployed

The college students who make up a large part of the “Occupy Wall Street” protests have a straightforward solution to their jobs grievances: finish their degree. According to a Gallup poll out today, 89 percent of college graduates are either employed full-time or work part-time by choice:

While 64 percent of the U.S workforce is employed full time for an employer, as measured by Gallup from January to September 2011, this percentage ranges from a high of 73 percent among college graduates to a low of 29 percent among those aged 65 and older. An additional 7 percent work full time for themselves and 10 percent work part time and do not want full-time work, with those 65 and older by far the most likely to fit into these two categories.

Roughly 12 percent of college graduates are considered “underemployed,” and around half of that group is jobless. The numbers are even more optimistic for graduate students, with just 4 percent of Americans with postgraduate degrees unemployed.