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Table 1:

Science And Engineering Enrollment And Unemployment

Year

Total Enrollment

U.S. Citizens

Foreign Citizens

Foreign Students as % Total

S&E Unemployment Rate (%)

1983

348,952

278,722

70,230

20.1%

3.0%

1984

349,698

277,505

72,193

20.6%

2.1%

1985

358,059

281,246

76,813

21.5%

1.8%

1986

366,082

282,101

83,981

22.9%

2.2%

1987

373,326

284,532

88,794

23.8%

2.2%

1988

375,256

281,641

93,615

24.9%

1.8%

1989

382,732

284,649

98,083

25.6%

1.5%

1990

397,128

294,311

102,817

25.9%

1.9%

1991

412,690

304,056

108,634

26.3%

2.6%

1992

430,635

321,171

109,464

25.4%

3.2%

1993

435,869

330,148

105,721

24.3%

3.5%

1994

431,233

329,073

102,160

23.7%

3.0%

1995

422,533

323,993

98,540

23.3%

2.3%

1996

415,258

317,101

98,157

23.6%

1.8%

1997

407,656

308,665

98,991

24.3%

1.5%

1998

404,903

302,875

102,028

25.2%

1.6%

1999

411,308

301,404

109,904

26.7%

1.4%

2000

 

 

 

 

1.6%

2001

429,492

296,194

133,298

31.0%

2.4%

2002

 

 

 

 

3.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: National Science Foundation (NSF), Science and Engineering Indicators - 2004.

Appendix tables 2-2 and 3-7.

 

 

 

Edwin S. Rubenstein (email him) is President of ESR Research Economic Consultants in Indianapolis.