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Table SA4. Standard errors for table A4: Percentage of adults who participated in formal work-related courses on various topics of instruction, by selected characteristics: 2002–03
Characteristic   Topic of instruction
Any formal work-related course Business Computer science Education Health Science Social sciences and services Voca-
tional trades
Other
Total 0.51 0.32 0.25 0.17 0.28 0.26 0.12 0.25 0.28
Sex                  
Male 0.90 0.56 0.39 0.17 0.35 0.41 0.17 0.40 0.39
Female 0.65 0.44 0.33 0.28 0.41 0.27 0.16 0.37 0.43
Race/ethnicity                  
White 0.63 0.40 0.29 0.20 0.34 0.32 0.13 0.25 0.30
Black 1.57 0.98 0.76 0.40 0.92 0.27 0.46 0.91 0.96
Hispanic 1.74 0.89 0.79 0.35 0.52 0.70 0.37 1.10 0.77
Other 2.48 1.68 1.01 0.85 1.38 0.98 0.38 1.11 1.09
Age as of 2002                  
16–24 years 1.92 1.19 0.83 0.25 0.74 0.43 0.41 1.10 0.90
25–34 years 1.58 1.00 0.61 0.38 0.56 0.96 0.30 0.73 0.79
35–44 years 1.34 0.91 0.58 0.41 0.77 0.57 0.31 0.64 0.81
45–54 years 1.42 0.96 0.63 0.41 0.70 0.54 0.23 0.58 0.55
55–64 years 1.14 0.72 0.65 0.36 0.51 0.46 0.28 0.46 0.46
65 years or older 0.42 0.24 0.33 0.07 0.25 0.11 0.12 0.11 0.20
Highest level of education attainment                  
High school diploma or less 0.70 0.45 0.26 0.09 0.28 0.31 0.09 0.39 0.37
Some college but no degree 1.49 0.99 0.67 0.26 0.66 0.62 0.28 0.73 0.71
Vocational/associateís degree 1.56 1.20 1.02 0.30 1.16 0.86 0.33 1.11 0.89
Bachelorís degree 1.28 1.09 0.85 0.64 0.68 0.63 0.41 0.57 0.69
Graduate or professional degree 1.58 1.15 0.94 0.93 1.06 0.75 0.58 0.37 1.01
Employment status in the past 12 months                  
Full-time 0.85 0.59 0.42 0.27 0.46 0.46 0.22 0.38 0.48
Part-time 1.54 0.95 0.60 0.56 0.66 0.35 0.21 0.63 0.98
Not employed 0.48 0.22 0.26 0.09 0.24 0.09 0.15 0.15 0.17
Months employed in the past 12 months                  
12 months 0.79 0.51 0.43 0.21 0.43 0.42 0.21 0.41 0.49
1–11 months 1.31 0.74 0.58 0.63 0.60 0.60 0.25 0.83 0.73
Not in the labor force 0.48 0.22 0.26 0.09 0.24 0.09 0.15 0.15 0.17
Occupation                  
Professional/managerial 1.29 0.86 0.73 0.71 0.83 0.58 0.40 0.37 0.67
Sales/service/clerical 1.00 0.76 0.56 0.17 0.44 0.46 0.20 0.56 0.55
Trade and labor 1.37 0.69 0.46 0.01 0.36 0.90 0.07 0.91 0.71
Size of employer                  
Fewer than 25 employees 1.10 0.55 0.49 0.27 0.59 0.58 0.29 0.63 0.61
25–99 employees 2.04 1.15 1.25 0.86 0.75 0.78 0.40 1.17 0.85
100–499 employees 1.85 1.09 0.74 0.61 0.98 0.89 0.28 1.26 0.75
500 or more employees 1.04 0.88 0.52 0.34 0.60 0.60 0.27 0.51 0.68
Continuing education required for occupation                  
Yes 1.23 0.83 0.54 0.52 0.79 0.50 0.30 0.62 0.65
No 0.58 0.38 0.28 0.12 0.22 0.29 0.11 0.28 0.29
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Adult Education for Work-Related Reasons Survey of the 2003 National Household Education Surveys Program.

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