ERIC Number: ED447357
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec-7
Reference Count: N/A
Employment Experience of Youths: Results from a Longitudinal Survey.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, DC.
Nearly 3 out of 5 students (58 percent) who were 16 years old when the 1997-98 school year began worked for an employer at some point during the academic year. Findings were from the second round of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997, a nationally representative sample of about 9,000 young men and women born during 1980-84. Respondents were ages 12-17 when first interviewed in 1997 and 13-19 when interviewed in 1998-99. Their employment experiences during the school year and summer were divided into the following two categories: "employee" jobs, in which youths have an ongoing relationship with a particular employer; and "freelance" jobs, e.g. babysitting or yard work. Even at ages younger than 16, working during the academic year was common; 18 percent of those age 14 at the beginning of the 1997-98 school year worked in an employee job at some point during the school year; for those age 15 at the beginning of the school year, just under 40 percent worked at an employee job; from age 14 to 16, youths worked more in employee jobs and less in freelance jobs; females were much less likely than males to hold an employee job while 14 or 15; females and males were about equally likely to hold an employee job while age 16; and a majority of 12- and 13-year-olds engaged in some work activity. (A technical note describes the sample, provides definitions, and presents four tables and a graph illustrating survey results.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Education, Employment Patterns, Entrepreneurship, Longitudinal Studies, National Surveys, Part Time Employment, Seasonal Employment, Secondary Education, Self Employment, Student Employment, Vocational Education, Youth Employment
For full text: http://stats.bls.gov/news.release/nlsyth.toc.htm.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth