Numbers in the news

Shelly Le


Percent unemployment rate in the Western United States.


Percent unemployment rate in the Northeast United States.

$1.2 billion

The amount in interest 27 states had to pay to the federal government in Sept. 2011.   This amount is on top of the $37.5 billion they borrowed to continue paying unemployment benefits.


Number of workers laid off of work in the United States in August 2011.


Percent unemployment rate for recent college graduates.


The median starting salary for students graduating from four-year colleges in 2010.


The average per student debt for the Whitman class of 2011.

Sources:   The New York Times, The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, USA Today, The Whitman College Office of Institutional Research.