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[IWS] BLS: COLLEGE ENROLLMENT AND WORK ACTIVITY OF 2013 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES [22 April 2014]
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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau
COLLEGE ENROLLMENT AND WORK ACTIVITY OF 2013 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES [22 April 2014]
[full-text, 5 pages]
In October 2013, 65.9 percent of 2013 high school graduates were enrolled in
colleges or universities, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
Recent high school graduates not enrolled in college in October 2013 were over
twice as likely as enrolled graduates to be working or looking for work--74.2
percent compared with 34.1 percent.
Information on school enrollment and work activity is collected monthly in the
Current Population Survey (CPS), a nationwide survey of about 60,000 households that
provides information on employment and unemployment. Each October, a supplement to
the CPS gathers more detailed information about school enrollment, such as full- and
part-time enrollment status. Additional information about the October supplement is
included in the Technical Note.
Recent High School Graduates and Dropouts
Of the nearly 3.0 million youth age 16 to 24 who graduated from high school between
January and October 2013, about 2.0 million (65.9 percent) were enrolled in college
in October. The college enrollment rate of recent high school graduates in October
2013 was little different from the rate in October 2012 (66.2 percent). For 2013
graduates, the college enrollment rate was 68.4 percent for young women and 63.5
percent for young men. The college enrollment rate of Asians (79.1 percent) was higher
than the rates for recent white (67.1 percent), black (59.3 percent), and Hispanic
(59.9 percent) graduates. (See table 1.)
In October 2013, 34.1 percent of recent high school graduates who were enrolled in
college participated in the labor force--that is, they were working or looking for
work. The participation rates for male and female graduates enrolled in college
were 33.7 percent and 34.5 percent, respectively.
Among recent high school graduates enrolled in college in October 2013, 92.8
percent were full-time students. The labor force participation rate was 31.0
percent for full-time students, much lower than the rate of 73.8 percent for
About 6 in 10 recent high school graduates enrolled in college attended 4-year
institutions. Of these students, 27.8 percent participated in the labor force,
compared with 45.2 percent of recent graduates enrolled in 2-year colleges.
Recent high school graduates not enrolled in college in the fall of 2013 were
more likely than enrolled graduates to be in the labor force (74.2 percent
compared with 34.1 percent). The unemployment rate for high school graduates
not enrolled in college was 30.9 percent, compared with 20.2 percent for
graduates enrolled in college.
Between October 2012 and October 2013, 529,000 young people dropped out of high
school. The labor force participation rate for recent dropouts (42.9 percent)
was much lower than the rate for recent high school graduates not enrolled in
college (74.2 percent). The jobless rate for recent high school dropouts was
27.9 percent, compared with 30.9 percent for recent high school graduates not
enrolled in college.
AND MUCH MORE...including TABLES....
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