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Levin Policy Brief


The U.S. Census has recently partnered with the U.S. Department of Commerce in the creation of the Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes Explorer (PSEO). The PSEO enables localities, such as Cuyahoga County, to track where college graduates of local institutions land after graduation. Why does this matter? In today’s economy, college graduates act as a supply-side factor in the retention and attraction of firms. College graduates, through R&D and entrepreneurship, also act as a demand-side factor in the creation of start-up firms that, in turn, fuel job growth. In Cuyahoga County, the PSEO tracks retention for two public colleges and institutions: Cleveland State University, and Cuyahoga Community College. While the data is incomplete in regards to retention at all local institutions within the county (e.g., CWRU, Baldwin Wallace, etc.), it is the most robust estimates to date as to whether Cuyahoga County graduates at select Cleveland-centric public colleges or universities stay or leave upon graduation.


February 2023