ERIC Number: ED475681
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Left Behind in the Labor Market: Labor Market Problems of the Nation's Out-of-School, Young Adult Populations.
Sum, Andrew; Khatiwada, Ishwar; Pond, Nathan; Trub 'skyy, Mykhaylo; Fogg, Neeta; Palma, Sheila
The problems faced by out-of-school young adults in the United States and the policy implications of those problems were examined. The analysis was based on a review of pertinent publications and statistical data from various government agencies and other sources. The study documented that the past decade has witnessed areas of progress, stagnation, and decline in the educational and labor market arenas for the nation's young adults. The likelihood of a young adult being out of school and out of work in 2001 varied widely by educational attainment, race/ethnicity, family income and background, and geographic location, with high school dropouts from low-income families in the nation's largest central cities facing joblessness rates of 70-80%. The labor market lessons of the 1990s revealed that strong economic growth and the attainment of full employment conditions in labor markets are clearly necessary but not sufficient to solve all youth labor market problems. Improving labor market prospects for the nation's and central cities' young adults especially those with limited postsecondary education in the coming decade will likely prove more formidable than in the previous decade because of forthcoming demographic developments, the U.S. labor market's current weakness, and ongoing changes in the structure of the so-called New American Economy. (Contains 71 tables/figures and 71 footnotes.) (MN)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Dropouts, Economic Change, Economic Climate, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Employment Level, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Employment Practices, Employment Problems, Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, Family Income, Futures (of Society), Housing, Immigrants, Influences, Inner City, Labor Market, Metropolitan Areas, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Out of School Youth, Policy Formation, Population Trends, Poverty, Public Policy, Trend Analysis, Unemployment, Urban Areas, Young Adults, Youth Employment
For full text: http://www.nupr.neu.edu/2-03/left_behind.PDF.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Produced by Northeastern University, Center for Labor Market Studies. Prepared for Alternative Schools Network, Chicago, Illinois.