Majority of college students work for pay

July 20, 1999

Over half of college students under the age of 25 worked for pay in October 1998. Of 9.4 million college students, 5.3 million had jobs.

Percent of college students employed, ages 16-24, by college type, October 1998
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Students at 2-year colleges were more likely to be employed than those at 4-year colleges. Nearly two-thirds of the students at 2-year colleges worked for pay (65.5 percent), while just over half of those at 4-year colleges were employed (51.7 percent)

Not surprisingly, part-time college students were much more likely to work for pay than full-time students. In October of last year, 84.1 percent of part-time students below age 25 had jobs, while 50.2 percent of full-time students did.

This information is from a supplement to the October 1998 Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly nationwide survey of about 50,000 households that provides basic data on national employment and unemployment. Additional information is available from "College Enrollment and Work Activity of 1998 High School Graduates," news release USDL 99-175.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Majority of college students work for pay on the Internet at (visited September 28, 2016).


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