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Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes (PSEO)

Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes (PSEO) are experimental tabulations developed by researchers at the U.S. Census Bureau. PSEO data provide earnings and employment outcomes for college and university graduates by degree level, degree major, post-secondary institution, and state of institution. 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.

The PSEO are made possible through data sharing partnerships between universities, university systems, State Departments of Education, State Labor Market Information offices, and the U.S. Census Bureau. PSEO data are available for post-secondary institutions whose transcript data have been made available to the Census Bureau through a data-sharing agreement.

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Download Public-Use Data

We release two classes of files for each of the tabulations, Graduate Earnings and Employment Flows:

  • Comprehensive dataset, which includes all institutions and crossings
  • State datasets, which include all institutions in a state and are a subset of the above release

Data files are provided in zipped CSV and XLS formats and can be downloaded below. The XLS files have variable labels attached, but do not include all the possible rows from Employment Flows, due to size constraints.

PSEO data can also be accessed via the PSEO Explorer visualization tool. This interactive tool allows for comparisons of employment outcomes through dynamic grouped bar charts and employment flows through Sankey diagrams. To browse the PSEO data files in their directory structure or to access them with a FTP program (must be able to access HTTP), go to: lehd.ces.census.gov/data/pseo/. Column definitions and other important information can be found in the schema files located in: lehd.ces.census.gov/data/schema/latest/lehd_public_use_schema.html.

PSEO Coverage Map

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State Data Partners Share of State Graduates
AlabamaUniversity of Alabama System21%
ArizonaArizona Board of Regents25%
ColoradoColorado Department of Higher Education72%
ConnecticutConnecticut Conference of Independent Colleges
Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
University of Connecticut
GeorgiaBoard of Regents of the University System of Georgia
Georgia Independent College Association
HawaiiUniversity of Hawaii System72%
IndianaIndiana Commission for Higher Education76%
IowaIowa Board of Regents
Iowa Department of Education
LouisianaLouisiana Board of Regents74%
MaineMaine Community College System
University of Maine System
MassachusettsMassachusetts Department of Higher Education32%
MichiganInstitute for Research on Innovation and Science (University of Michigan - Ann Arbor)10%
MinnesotaMinnesota Office of Higher Education74%
MissouriMissouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development50%
MontanaMontana University System83%
New YorkThe City University of New York
The State University of New York
OhioOhio Department of Higher Education61%
OklahomaOklahoma State Regents for Higher Education64%
OregonOregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission70%
PennsylvaniaThe Pennsylvania State University11%
South CarolinaSouth Carolina Commission on Higher Education86%
South DakotaSouth Dakota Board of Technical Education22%
TexasTexas Higher Education Coordinating Board
University of Texas System
UtahUtah System of Higher Education59%
VirginiaState Council of Higher Education for Virginia87%
WisconsinInstitute for Research on Innovation and Science (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
University of Wisconsin System
WyomingWyoming Community College Commission48%

* Note: Coverage based on the share of public and private graduates sourced from 2015 Completions Data from IPEDS. University of Phoenix is omitted from the graduate count for Arizona because most graduates are engaged in distance learning.

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