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News Release 11-018

Unemployment Among Doctoral Scientists and Engineers Was Lower Than Among the General Population in 2008

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A new, National Science Foundation report says the unemployment rate for doctorate recipients in science, engineering and health fields in October 2008 was 1.7 percent, whereas the unemployment rate for the total U.S. labor force was 6.6 percent.

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