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ERIC Number: ED535271
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 60
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Left out. Forgotten? Recent High School Graduates and the Great Recession. Work Trends
Van Horn, Carl; Zukin, Cliff; Szeltner, Mark; Stone, Charley
John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
This report describes the findings of a nationally representative sample of 544 recent high school graduates from the classes of 2006 through 2011. The purpose of this study is to understand how recent high school graduates who are not attending college full time are faring in the workforce, specifically looking at those individuals who graduated before and during the difficult labor market caused by the Great Recession. The national recession officially began in late 2007 and ended in 2009. However, the authors classify students graduating from 2006, 2007, and 2008 as "pre-recession" graduates and students graduating in 2009, 2010, and 2011 as "recession" era graduates because the unemployment situation was dire during this entire period, even though economic growth was positive. Little is known about the experience of high school graduates as they enter the workforce. The 2010 American Community Survey estimates that 7 in 10 high school graduates ages 18 to 24 do not have a college degree, more than 20 million people--five times more people than the four million in this age group who earned a college degree. The incidence of graduates with only a high school diploma amid the population provides evidence to the need for information regarding this group of young people. The research in this report explores a number of topics related to the experiences of recent high school graduates in the workforce. The report first examines the experiences of high school graduates in the labor market, looking at both their first and current job as well as the experiences of the unemployed. This information was gathered through a series of questions asking about their job search, the specifications of the job they chose, and their satisfaction with their job attributes. Next, the report looks at how well high school graduates feel they were prepared for the job market or attending college. Finally, the report examines how recent high school graduates feel about their financial futures. Appended are: (1) Methodology; (2) Topline Survey Results; and (3) Voices of College Graduates. (Contains 12 figures, 5 tables, and 7 endnotes.)
John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. Rutgers University, 30 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Tel: 732-932-4100; Fax: 732-932-3454; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development