Employment Field:
Percent Employment in Professional, Education, Health, and Social Service Industries

For the Year

Percent Employment in Professional, Education, Health, and Social Service Industries

Why is this important?

For the most part, this measures employment in the industries that are associated with a strong and vibrant economy. These data also show which industries are driving the state's economy and industry changes from 1990 to 2000.

What are the policy implications?

The link between postsecondary education, employment opportunities, and the economy is difficult to establish. However, high values on this measure occur for states that have economies that are likely to attract college graduates - whether from in-state or out-of-state.

Other factors to consider:

Percent Employment in Managerial and Professional Occupations

Change in Gross State Product - From 1990 to 2000

While it is not feasible to include on this website, it is useful to compare detailed occupation and industry data with the types of degrees awarded in a specific state - to answer such questions as, Is my state graduating fewer engineers than are needed in the workforce? For more detail about occupations by state, visit the US Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Data sources and related links:

http://www.censu s.gov

http://www.bls.gov