Data Sources and Notes


In both charts, a "-1" indicates a value that is not reported to protect individual confidentiality.

Degree and Certificate Data:

Source: RI Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner.
Degrees and certificates reported here only include:

  •  those with a field of study recorded;
  •  the most recently-earned certificate or degree for each graduate;
  •  primary field of study;
  •  degrees and certificates from RI in-state public institutions;
  •  students who graduate in a term in which they were registered (a small number do not).

  • Industry Information for Degree and Certificate Holders:
  • Source: RI Department of Labor and Training, Unemployment Insurance System Wage Data.
  • Information based on Q3 2014 employment records.
  • For individuals with more than one employer, the industry is only counted for the employer paying the most wages (in total) during the quarter.
  • This data set does not include employment information for military jobs, federal government jobs, jobs outside of RI, and jobs at the limited number of employers that do not participate in the Unemployment Insurance system.
  • Note that this data story examines industries, but not specific professions. For example, nursing is a specific profession within the Healthcare and Social Assistance industry. The profession faces an employment situation that is distinct from other professions (such as pharmacist or physician) within the industry.

  • Cohort Information:

    The cohort is comprised of approximately 19,500 individuals who:

  • earned a known degree or certificate from a RI public institution of higher education from the spring term of 2005 through spring term of 2014, inclusive; and
  • worked a job in Rhode Island in the third quarter of 2014 (regardless of state of residence).
  • According to the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics, a program available through a partnership between state LMI Divisions and the U.S. Census Bureau, there were an estimated 89,180 workers employed at RI businesses in 2014 who were between the ages of 25 and 34. According to the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, there were approximately 86,000 individuals with at least some college in a comparable age range living in the state in 2013 (regardless of employment status). These are the best figures available and only approximations, but allow us to conclude that our cohort of 19,500 is accurate, accounting for about 20% of the relevant population. This represents about 4% of the total number of individuals working in Rhode Island (about 475,000 people).