If you look at the attached graph which shows employment rates by educational attainment, it’s clear that the more you learn the more you earn.
This graph shows the US unemployment rate of 8.5% in April 2009. However, you will notice that the higher the education level, the lower the unemployment rate. For example, the unemployment rate for holders of Bachelors degrees is 2.8% while the unemployment rate for a high school graduate is 5.7%.
This trend of lower unemployment rates by educational attainment remains consistent regardless of the overall unemployment rate.
The unemployment rate is published monthly by the US Department of Labor.