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ERIC Number: ED197092
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Trends in Educational Attainment among Workers in the 1970s. Special Labor Force Report 240. Reprinted.
Young, Anne McDougall
Monthly Labor Review, July 1980
The 1970s were marked by an increase in the level of education attainment of the average worker. By 1979 thirty-six per cent of all workers over 18 completed at least one year of college, and the percentage of workers not completing high school declined considerably. While the proportion of men participating in the labor force continued to fall, the number of female labor force participants increased. This increase is related to the growing proportion of women with postsecondary education. Unemployment rates continued their traditional relationship to years of school completed. The steady rise in average years of school completed has led to a substantial upward shift in the educational levels of workers in major occupational groups. Over the decade, the content of many jobs changed drastically because of technologlcal advances. Nevertheless, data indicates that many better educated people are entering jobs for which formal educational requirements ln previous years were far lower. This trend could have negative repercussions such as workers perceiving themselves as being over qualified. (An appendix, constituting over 90 percent of the report, contains fifteen tables on the employment, unemployment, occupation, and labor force status of adults by age, sex, race, marital status, and years of school completed.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adults, Demography, Educational Attainment, Employment Patterns, Females, Labor Force, Males, Marital Status, Race, Sex, Tables (Data), Unemployment
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, DC 20212 (Copies available upon request while supply lasts).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: United States