Unfortunately, the monthly unemployment survey is too small to make similar estimates for rural counties, but information for unemployment insurance claimants in rural counties is available. These data show a similar pattern for NW Oregon: people with more education tend to make up relatively less of the unemployment claimant pool.
It is important to note that unemployment insurance claimants do not necessarily represent all unemployed people. Only about 25 percent of Oregonians who were unemployed in April 2013 were claiming unemployment benefits. Still, looking at the characteristics of unemployment insurance claimants can indicate the value of education to some people.
The table compares the percentage of adults over age 25 who have a given level of education with the percentage of claimants who have the same level of education. For example, people who have attained no more than a high school diploma made up only 28 percent of the adult population of Clatsop County, but made up fully 52 percent of the county's unemployment claimants in 2012.
|Educational Attainment of the Adult Population (2009-2011) and Unemployment Claimants (2012)|
|25 Years and Over||Claimants||25 Years and Over||Claimants||25 Years and Over||Claimants|
|Less than 9th grade||2%||3%||3%||2%||4%||2%|
|9th to 12th grade, no diploma||6%||12%||9%||10%||9%||11%|
|High school graduate or GED||28%||52%||34%||59%||33%||63%|
|Some college, no degree||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Graduate or professional degree||8%||2%||6%||1%||6%||2%|
|Sources: U.S. Census Bureau and Oregon Employment Department|