ERIC Number: ED190858
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Characteristics of Unemployed Youth. Final Report.
Passmore, David Lynn
Described in the report are the social, demographic, experiential, educational, and ascriptive characteristics of sixteen- to nineteen-year-old jobless youth in the United States. Population sampling, data collection, organization, and reporting methods applied in the Current Population Survey (CPS) of 1979 (the major source of data) are reviewed. The issues of measurement, labor market shifts, and unemployment/out-of-the-labor force flows are discussed. In the section on the scope of youth joblessness labor force participation, unemployment, and non-participation are presented graphically on the basis of sex, marital status, and race. Difficulties for determining the prospects for youth unemployment are discussed. It is suggested that because a wide array of social, economic, and legal factors interact to affect youth joblessness, vocational education can contribute only indirectly to the alleviation of youth unemployment through improving the employability skills of youth. Suggestions for further research include (1) clarification of whether the reduction of youth unemployment is a goal of vocational education; (2) determination of barriers to youth employment beyond skill deficits constraining what vocational education could do to alleviate youth joblessness; and (3) determination of what vocational education should do in this area. (MN)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational Education, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Div. of Occupational and Vocational Studies.
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