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Underemployment

Underemployment data helps communities identify the portions of their population who are underutilizing their skills or time. There are three types of underemployment:

  • Over-skilled
  • Under-payed
  • Low hour

The underemployment data in the Economy Overview compares the educational attainment of the working age population (25+) to the number of jobs (25+) by typical entry level education in the region. 

Example

  • 15% of region A’s population has a high school diploma. 34% of jobs only require a typical entry level education of a high school diploma. This means that 19% of the region’s working age population would be over-skilled and have a higher degree than necessary for this jobs.

Sources:

  • Population educational attainment level by county (ACS data from the Census)
  • Typical entry level education by occupation (BLS)

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