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Continuity of Early Employment Among 1980 High School Sophomores. NCES 97-303


Geis, S., & Klein, S. (1997). Continuity of Early Employment Among 1980 High School Sophomores. NCES 97-303. Washington, DC: National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES); U.S. Department of Education.


High School and Beyond (HS&B) is a national longitudinal survey of 1980 high school sophomores and seniors conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Intended to document the educational, vocational, and personal development of young people during their high school years and subsequent transition into adulthood, the survey has been administered a total of four times since the base-year survey of students in 1980. The most recent survey was conducted in 1992.

This report describes the continuity of early employment among high school and postsecondary graduates in the 1980 high school Sophomore Cohort. To conduct the analysis, monthly employment and enrollment data on the first 18 months following degree completion were used to construct labor market outcome variables for graduates who entered the work force between 1982 and 1992. The first section of the report investigates the relationship between graduates’ early labor market experiences and educational attainment, and reviews the influence of mediating factors including demographic and academic characteristics. The final section examines how graduates’ early employment status was related to their 1991 and 1992 labor market experience, including earnings, job satisfaction, and training.