Are youths working more now than in the past?
October 05, 2001
Results from the National Longitudinal Surveys suggest that youth employment during the school year did not increase dramatically from 1979 to 1997.
In 1979, 25.2 percent of 15-year-olds who were enrolled in school worked for pay in the week prior to their survey interview. In 1997, this percentage was about the same: 25.8 percent.
For 16-year-olds, the percentage employed changed little from 1979 to 1997. In 1979, 36.4 percent of school-enrolled 16-year-olds were employed in the week prior to their survey interview—this compared with 38.4 percent in 1997.
Data on the employment experience and other characteristics of youths are a product of the National Longitudinal Surveys program. Additional information is available from "Youth employment during school: results from two longitudinal surveys," by Donna S. Rothstein, Monthly Labor Review, August 2001.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Are youths working more now than in the past? on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2001/oct/wk1/art05.htm (visited October 22, 2016).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Workplace injuries and illnesses and employer costs for workers’ compensation
Workplace injury and illness data and the costs to employers for workers’ compensation in natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations.
A look at the future of the U.S. labor force to 2060
Projected long-term trends in the growth, size, and composition of the labor force.
Union membership in the United States
Historical trends in union membership among employed wage and salary workers; union membership by a variety of demographic characteristics.
A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
Spending on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.
Self-employment in the United States
Trends in self-employment by various demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, including both the unincorporated and the incorporated self-employed, as well as data on paid employees who work for the self-employed.