Dismal Unemployment Numbers for Electrical Engineers

A recent IEEE news article suggests a reduction in the number of electrical engineers in the US workforce:

“Electrical engineering jobs went down by 40 000 in the first quarter of the year, with the unemployment rate rising to 6.5 percent. In 2010 and 2011, the unemployment rate for electrical engineers held at 3.4%. In 2012, there were 335,000 electrical engineers in the workforce, said the IEEE-USA. That figure now stands at 295,000.”

Electrical engineering is a big discipline encompassing fields from computer systems to microelectronics to telecommunications to HV engineers. Whether or not there is an unemployment issue for power engineers is difficult to ascertain from statistics pertaining to the whole discipline of electrical engineering.

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