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Table SA22. Standard errors for table A22: Percentage of participants in formal work-related courses who reported various results of participation and the usefulness of skills and knowledge learned for their work or career, by selected characteristics: 2002–03
  Results of participation in formal courses   Usefulness of skills
or knowledge for job or career
Characteristic Improved
existing
skills
Learned
new skills
Increased
employability
in the labor market
Improved
ability to
advance in career
Obtained
new job or
changed
jobs
Made
more
money
  Useful or
very useful
Somewhat
useful or
not too
useful
Have not
used skills
yet
Total 0.47 0.77 0.73 1.04 0.60 0.84   0.78 0.86 0.13
Sex                    
Male 0.76 1.30 1.21 1.57 0.99 1.31   1.19 1.36 0.22
Female 0.62 1.05 0.90 1.13 0.78 1.00   0.96 1.11 0.17
Race/ethnicity                    
White 0.56 0.95 0.95 1.26 0.69 0.94   0.88 1.00 0.16
Black 1.11 1.87 1.98 2.04 2.12 2.21   2.35 2.51 0.45
Hispanic 1.84 2.95 2.30 3.51 2.31 2.91   3.41 3.39 0.16
Other 3.06 3.93 3.93 3.83 2.98 4.65   3.96 3.45 0.54
Age as of 2002                    
16–24 years 1.54 3.15 2.56 3.12 2.59 3.84   3.30 3.13 0.72
25–34 years 1.36 1.73 1.81 2.16 1.39 1.78   1.93 1.97 0.32
35–44 years 0.94 1.84 1.62 1.68 1.38 1.67   1.24 1.72 0.19
45–54 years 1.09 1.74 1.67 2.05 0.87 1.39   1.27 1.34 0.27
55–64 years 1.14 1.90 2.15 2.03 1.16 1.83   1.83 1.93 0.11
65 years or older 2.53 3.35 3.52 3.48 1.07 2.21   3.67 2.48 0.21
Highest level of education attainment                    
High school diploma or less 1.28 1.89 1.74 1.99 1.76 2.07   2.21 2.24 0.40
Some college but no degree 1.30 1.82 1.75 2.03 1.57 1.83   1.71 2.07 0.24
Vocational/associate's degree 0.82 1.98 2.57 2.75 2.29 2.76   1.78 2.51
Bachelor's degree 0.73 1.66 1.46 1.75 1.02 1.42   1.11 1.37 0.25
Graduate or professional degree 0.85 1.68 1.78 1.87 0.94 1.34   1.46 1.54 0.14
Employment status in the past 12 months                    
Full-time 0.54 0.94 0.86 1.25 0.67 0.94   0.80 1.05 0.17
Part-time 1.15 2.43 2.05 2.26 2.31 2.27   1.69 2.42 0.23
Not employed 2.52 3.44 3.52 3.35 3.06 2.55  
Months employed in the past 12 months                    
12 months 0.50 0.93 0.88 1.20 0.72 0.86   0.75 0.98 0.16
1–11 months 1.34 1.75 2.19 2.15 1.75 2.03   1.89 1.95 0.35
Not in the labor force 2.52 3.44 3.52 3.35 3.06 2.55  
Occupation                    
Professional/managerial 0.45 1.11 1.06 1.17 0.76 1.13   0.77 1.07 0.09
Sales/service/clerical 0.83 1.37 1.30 1.55 1.21 1.45   1.31 1.55 0.20
Trade and labor 2.49 2.85 2.80 3.33 2.10 2.95   2.56 3.21 0.76
Size of employer                    
Fewer than 25 employees 0.93 1.96 1.69 2.09 1.69 2.15   1.62 1.68 0.52
25–99 employees 1.06 2.52 2.73 2.62 1.64 2.25   2.02 2.56 0.45
100–499 employees 1.23 1.99 2.25 2.33 1.35 1.90   2.08 2.31 0.00
500 or more employees 0.81 1.14 1.31 1.37 0.92 1.19   0.99 1.27 0.16
Continuing education required for occupation                    
Yes 0.59 1.01 1.01 1.16 0.90 1.10   1.14 1.09 0.12
No 0.76 1.17 1.17 1.43 0.84 1.11   1.11 1.20 0.23
† Not applicable.
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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