Mid-day Update

Where we can find 0% unemployment in the U.S.

Jeremy Hobson and David Brancaccio May 15, 2012

The national unemployment rate is still about 8 percent. But for some lucky graduates in a few fields — getting a job is almost guaranteed.

A recent study by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce found that there’s a handful of majors, including astrophysics, pharmacology and actuarial science, where the unemployment rate is actually — no joke — zero percent.

Here to speak with us in today’s Mid-day Extra is Paul Harrington, from Drexel University’s Center for Labor Markets and Policy.


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