ERIC Number: ED199026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Nonmetro Youth in the Labor Force. Rural Development Research Report No. 27.
Nilsen, Sigurd R.
Data from the March 1976 Current Population Survey indicate that both metro and nonmetro areas face severe youth employment problems. Although 25% of the total United States labor force is comprised of youth aged 16-24, youth account for 50% of the total number of persons unemployed. Unemployment rates for metro and nonmetro youth are equal; however, a lower proportion of nonmetro youth are in the labor force, so a lower proportion of nonmetro youth are employed. Students experience significantly higher unemployment than metro and nonmetro non-students (22% and 17% respectively in 1976). Metro and nonmetro minority students experience exceptionally low rates of labor force participation (less than 20% in 1976) and extremely high unemployment rates (34% in nonmetro areas and 43% in metro areas). Youth employment is concentrated in clerical and service occupations. Nonmetro female youth are less likely to be employed as clerical workers than are metro females. However, a higher portion of nonmetro females are classified as operative workers. Statistics for 1976 indicate employment of more than 80% of nonmetro students and more than 86% of metro students in the wholesale and retail trade and the service industries. (Author/CM)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Economics, Statistics, and Cooperatives Service (USDA), Washington, DC.