Thursday, February 14, 2008

Science & Engineering Grads -- Not Employed

Table 3-12 below is copied from a National Science Foundation report: "Science and Engineering Labor Force." In Chapter 3, page 28, we find a curious statistic -- unemployment for 'Temporary residents' improves from the highest unemployment levels, to the lowest unemployment levels in the table over the course of 10 years. (PDF)

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.

(click on image to enlarge)

Bachelor's degrees:
Master's Degrees:

The data in this blog is the most current that I'm aware of.

National Science Foundation data:
Master's degrees

Bachelor's degrees

BLS Foreign Born

NSF "Science and Engineering Labor Force." Chapter 3


Colleen Yuan said...


Here is the reference to the (complete) report...

Science and Engineering Indicators 2008, Volume 1 and Volume 2
[ NSB 08-01A ]
Produced by the NSF, National Science Foundation... dated January 15, 2008

Colleen Yuan said...


Who are the authors?

See page IV.

Who is…
1) SRS
2) EHR
3) Taratec Corporation?

1) SRS:
It looks like a secret global staffing firm.

2) EHR:
NSF Education & Human Resources
About HER:
Champions of Diversity (read immigration, Visa Fraud & Abuse).

Terry S. Woodin, Program Director, telephone: (703) 292-4657, email:
Hello Grandma Terry:
Trends in Funding Science Education, 1994–2004*
It’s all about STEM and the dearth of Biochemistry & molecular biology expertise in this country.
Just ask Paul Polak, a biologist in Chicago who was terminated just 1 month before his scheduled retirement… and replaced with H-1Bs (plural).
Also, my niece graduated from Illinois State University with a BS Degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in May of 2006.
She cannot find a job in this field and besides applying for fake job ads, ,
she waitresses tables in banquet halls and restaurants in Schaumburg Illinois.

Head Hunters?
Innovation & Competitiveness through Visa Fraud & Abuse?
If you go to the server forwards this URL to
Isn’t this an Indian Company?
It’s a small world after all…
See BUSINESSWEEK: Are H-1B Workers Getting Bilked?
The article is about Vishal Goel working at State Farm in Bloomington Illinois on
An H-1B Visa through Patni.
Vishal filed charges against Patni related to his depressed prevailing wage and Fraud.
The end of the article cites Senate Bill S.1035 Visa Fraud & Abuse Act.

Colleen Yuan said...


"NSF what scum they are."
But for those of you newer to issues problems with NSF let me direct you to

Phony NSF Paper Effects Legislation

How and Why Government, Universities, and Industry Create Domestic Labor Shortages of Scientists and High-Tech Workers

PhD Prediction 1988

Skills shortage a myth

There is many more references.....................

Looks like NSF might be up to their old tricks??