TABLE D.4 Annual Average Unemployment Rates for Wage and Salary Workers in NGA-Relevant Occupations

Unemployment Rateb
Occupation Titlea 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Computer scientists and systems analysts 2.5 2.1 2.2 6.0 5.9
Computer programmers 2.4 2.2 3.5 4.8 5.8
Computer software engineers 2.1 1.7 1.7 4.2 4.5
Mathematicians NA NA NA NA NA
Operations research analysts 1.5 1.5 1.5 2.8 1.9
Statisticians 1.8 NA 2.6 3.1 0.8
Surveyors, cartographers, and photogrammetrists 1.6 4.3 3.2 7.4 2.2
Aerospace engineers 1.3 0.6 1.3 1.6 4.7
Computer hardware engineers 1.2 2.6 1.5 5.4 4.3
Electrical and electronics engineers 1.7 0.9 2.3 6.6 5.5
Surveying and mapping technicians 6.9 3.5 6.9 11.2 15.0
Astronomers and physicists 2.3 5.1 5.0 NA 3.1
Atmospheric and space scientists 17.0 1.0 NA NA NA
Environmental scientists and geoscientists 1.3 2.8 1.3 4.7 2.3
Physical scientists, all other 0.9 1.0 1.9 2.7 2.7
Sociologists NA 0.7 NA NA 6.7
Urban and regional planners 2.8 0.8 0.9 5.0 1.2
Miscellaneous social scientists and related workers 5.8 6.9 4.3 6.0 5.1
Other life, physical, and social science technicians 2.0 1.2 1.4 7.4 6.5
Librarians 1.6 1.0 3.4 4.1 2.5
Artists and related workers 5.4 5.8 8.1 7.8 13.8
Statistical assistants 2.3 2.9 2.6 10.7 6.8
Management, professional, and related occupationsc 2.1 2.1 2.7 4.7 4.8

NOTE: NA = not available

aOccupation titles are based on the 2002 Census occupational classification system (and are consistent with the 2000 Standard Occupation Code system).

bThe unemployment rate is the percentage of the labor force that is unemployed. It is calculated by dividing the number of people who are unemployed (i.e., people without jobs who are looking for work) by the number of people in the labor force (i.e., employed people plus unemployed people). To estimate unemployment rates by occupation, those employed are classified according to their current occupation, and those who are unemployed are classified according to the occupation of their last job held. See <http://www.bls.gov/cps/cps_htgm.pdf> for more detail on how the government calculates the unemployment rate.

cIncluded as a benchmark.

SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey, <www.bls.gov/cps/home.htm>.

TABLE D.5 Percent of Workforce That Are U.S. Citizens for NGA-Relevant Occupations

Percent U.S. Citizens
Occupation 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Computer scientists and systems analysts 89.6 90.0 89.3 89.9 89.9
Computer programmers 89.1 88.6 89.4 89.3 89.3
Computer software engineers 77.9 76.8 79.2 79.0 79.5
Miscellaneous mathematical science occupations, including mathematicians and statisticians 85.8 86.2 85.7 87.1 87.6
Operations research analysts 95.2 95.6 95.9 95.9 95.0
Surveyors, cartographers, and photogrammetrists 97.6 97.7 97.2 98.0 96.0
Aerospace engineers 94.6 94.8 96.5 96.3 96.9
Computer hardware engineers 78.4 87.0 86.5 85.4 88.4
Electrical and electronics engineers 88.9 90.3 90.5 90.6 90.6
Surveying and mapping technicians 98.3 97.2 98.3 97.7 97.1
Astronomers and physicists 91.3 85.2 84.1 83.4 85.9
Atmospheric and space scientists 90.6 99.1 98.9 95.7 95.0
Environmental scientists and geoscientists 95.4 95.5 94.8 95.6 95.1
Physical scientists, all other 78.4 77.0 78.5 76.2 76.3
Urban and regional planners 96.6 98.6 95.0 97.0 96.5
Miscellaneous social scientists, including sociologists 92.9 93.5 93.8 96.3 95.8
Miscellaneous life, physical, and social science technicians 93.0 92.4 92.5 92.5 93.4
Librarians 97.7 97.7 98.1 97.1 97.7
Artists and related workers 92.9 94.0 93.3 93.2 93.2
Statistical assistants 97.1 97.5 97.2 96.2 97.0

SOURCE: Data from the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Public Use Microdata Samples (2005-2009). Includes those employed as of the survey reference period. Occupation titles are based on the 2002 Census occupational classification system (and are consistent with the 2000 Standard Occupation Code system).



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