The national (Seas) Unemployment Rate in 1993 went from a high of 7.3% in January to a low of 6.5% in December (1993 avg. unemployment 6.91%.) The Unemployment rate for 2003 averaged 5.99%. (Hispanic Americans and temporary residents were the only S&E categories that improved with the lower national unemployment rate.)
The next chart is extracted from Bureau of Labor Statistics data...
While I was poking around on the NSF website, I noticed that NSF provides a "Not employed & not full-time student" category for the prior year's graduates. I thought it might be interesting to compare the two most recent datasets, examining how 2001-02 graduates fared against the 1997-98 graduates and the general population.
To keep things in persepective, I looked up the national Unemployment rates and provided averages for the years in question. One might assume that our brightest and best S&E new graduates would fare better than the population at large, but that does not appear to be the case.
The data in this blog is the most current that I'm aware of.
National Science Foundation data:
BLS Foreign Born
NSF "Science and Engineering Labor Force." Chapter 3