Another study by the same center paints a similar picture with respect to unemployment. In this study, the average unemployment rate for recent B.A. holders (ages 22-26) over the years 2009-10 was 8.9 percent; for English it was 9.2 percent. Both rates are higher than we would wish, but their marginal difference is dwarfed by that between the average for holders of the B.A. and that of high school graduates, whose unemployment rate during the same period was 22.9 percent (also too high).Perhaps I am dense, but I don't understand why professors are so intent on relying on the "well, ya gotta degree" excuse. It just seems like comparing apples to oranges.
Professor Matz is so determined to rely on that excuse that he does not find the 0.3% higher difference between English majors and all majors to be worthy of comment. I would think that the question for him to answer is "which degree should I get?" and "why should I get an English degree?"
[Incidentally, I agree with the commenter who suggests that we suggest that Mr. Keillor refrain from singing. As a longtime on-and-off listener of A Prairie Home Companion, I could not agree more.]
*UPDATE: I am completely remiss in not noting yesterday that it was Liberal Arts Chemist who posted on this first, and that inspired my post.