Recent high school graduates and labor force participation
May 02, 2007
Of all 2006 high school graduates, 55 percent were participating in the labor force in October 2006.
Among recent high school graduates enrolled in college, 92.3 percent were full-time students. Of these full-time students, 40.8 percent were in the labor force, either working or looking for work, in October 2006. In contrast, 81.0 percent of part-time college students participated in the labor force.
More than 6 in 10 recent high school graduates who were enrolled in college attended 4-year institutions. The labor force participation rate for these students was 35.0 percent. In contrast, 58.8 percent of recent high school graduates enrolled in 2-year institutions were in the labor force.
Recent high school graduates who were not enrolled in college in the fall of 2006 were more likely than enrolled graduates to be in the labor force (76.4 versus 43.9 percent).
This information is from a supplement to the October 2006 Current Population Survey. Additional information is available from "College Enrollment and Work Activity of 2006 High School Graduates," (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 07-0604.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Recent high school graduates and labor force participation on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2007/apr/wk5/art03.htm (visited April 01, 2015).
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