Unemployment by Educational Attainment
Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in Dubuque, those without a high school diploma have a significantly higher unemployment rate (8%) than those you have completed high school and further. Unemployment rate was lowest in the city and the state for those who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.
FROM THE SURVEY:
- 33.5% indicated that career advancement was the most important factor for economic wellbeing, with equitable pay being second at 26.9%.
- One consistent theme from the survey was that respondents felt that there were not enough quality jobs in Dubuque. 45.63% of respondents do not believe there are enough quality jobs compared to 36.34% who believe there are enough quality jobs.
- Survey respondents at all levels of education indicated an awareness of where to find job assistance.
FROM THE DIALOGUES:
- The skills gap was a topic of discussion during the dialogues. Individuals with advanced levels of education, either a masters degree or beyond, felt it was difficult to get a quality job without being over qualified. There is not a lack of job openings, but the jobs available are low-skill, low-pay jobs.