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Statistical Analysis Report:

Continuity of Early Employment among 1980 High School Sophomores

September 1997

(NCES 97-303) Ordering information


This report uses the 1980 Sophomore Cohort of the High School and Beyond (HS&B) study to examine the employment stability in the first 18 months after graduation of those gradu-ates whose highest credential was a high school diploma, an associate's degree, or a bachelor's degree. Data were collected in 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, and 1992; therefore, questions concern-ing employment and enrollment after 1986 were by necessity retrospective. Recipients of each type of credential with 6 or more months of postsecondary education after attainment of their highest degree by 1992 were also excluded. This was done to ensure that postsecondary experi-ences after degree attainment would not significantly affect the transition into the labor force or employment outcomes. Continuity of early employment is discussed in relation to educational attainment, demo-graphic characteristics, family formation, academic experiences, and earlier work history. The fi-nal section of the report reviews the labor market experiences of the cohort as much as 10 years after high school graduation in order to identify associations between initial employment stability and long-term labor market patterns.

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