ERIC Number: ED022848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Youth in the Labor Market; a Report on the Characteristics of High School Graduates of the Class of 1962 in Washington State and their Work Experience from June 1962 thru May 1964 and a Case Study of Dropout Response.
Washington State Dept. of Employment Security, Olympia. Research and Statistics Section.
To examine the problems of youth in the labor market, questionnaires concerning employment history for the 2-year period following high school were mailed to 4,738 randomly selected former students from purposively selected representative high schools in Washington. A 60 percent return from 1962 graduates indicated: (1) The highest percentage of employment occurred during summer months, (2) The unemployment rate for nonstudents was 14.7 percent, (3) Married youth were less apt to attend post-high school training programs, (4) 60 percent of the graduates entered and 47 percent remained in post-high school educational programs, (5) Lack of experience and age caused difficulty in finding work, (6) Males earned substantially more than females, (7) Earnings were highest in unskilled occupations, (8) Manufacturing employed the most males and services the most females, (9) The high school course pattern was not significant, and (10) Most of the graduates were willing to undergo additional job training. A 27 percent return for the dropouts revealed: (1) A higher percentage were married, (2) 50 percent were in the labor force, (3) Over one-third were in the armed forces, (4) Unemployment varied from 29 to 45 percent, and (5) Wages were lower. (DM)
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Authoring Institution: Washington State Dept. of Employment Security, Olympia. Research and Statistics Section.