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Ohio Joins Census Bureau Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes
Ohio Joins Census Bureau Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes

Background and Summary 

Since 2019, the DeWine-Husted administration has worked to connect Ohio’s higher education system to post-graduation employment outcomes, recognizing a good paying career is the ultimate goal for many Ohio families and students.

It is for this reason that Ohio decided to become the seventh state to join the United States Census Bureau’s experimental Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes (PSEO). Currently participating states include Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin. Within the first half of this year, a total of eleven states are expected to have completed the data-sharing process with the U.S. Census. 

PSEO data provide earnings and employment outcomes for college and university graduates by degree level, degree major, post-secondary institution, and graduation cohort. These statistics are generated by matching university transcript data with a national database of jobs, using state-of-the-art confidentiality protection mechanisms to protect the underlying data. 

Data used in the Analysis 

The PSEO are made possible through data sharing partnerships between universities, university systems, State Departments of Higher Education, State Labor Market Information offices, and the U.S. Census Bureau.

PSEO data are available for post-secondary institutions whose transcript data has been made available to the Census Bureau through a data-sharing agreement. Not every institution of higher education in a state participates in the PSEO dataset.  In Ohio, all public universities and community colleges have contributed their data.

Visitors to the Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes Explorer can view the following key metrics and data details: 

  • Earnings, by state, institution, program, degree level, graduation cohort; outcomes are displayed at intervals of 1, 5 and 10 years post-graduation  
  • Flows of post-graduation employment by state, institution, program, degree level, graduation cohort, industry, and geographic location at 1, 5 and 10 years post-graduation

Because the data is sourced using data on employment covered by unemployment insurance (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this covers approximately 95% of all jobs), this explorer should be more accurate than survey-based measurements that have been conventionally used to measure wage outcomes for college graduates.

The PSEO data is a subset of the Census Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD).

Empowering the Public with the most up-to-date higher education employment outcomes 

By publishing key data and metrics associated with post-secondary employment outcomes, the State of Ohio hopes to drive awareness of the return on investment typical for graduates from participating institutions using the best available data combining federal and state longitudinal efforts.

This is among the most cutting-edge research being done nationally on employment outcomes for college graduates at various levels and across different degree programs.