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February 2005, Vol. 128, No.2
The transition from school to work: education and work experiences
Julie A. Yates
Research Economist, Employment Research and Program Development Staff, Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 found that the average worker, approximately 5 years after leaving school for the first time, starts a job that will last 3 years; however, there was considerable variation by education.
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