Employment of Young People

May 10, 1950

Report Outline
Youth Employment and the National Interest
Better Preparation for Employment
Improved Facilities for Guidance to Jobs
Public Work Programs for Young People
Special Focus

Youth Employment and the National Interest

In May, June, July 1950, American high schools and colleges together will graduate the largest number of students in their history. Secondary schools will give diplomas to about 1,200,000 boys and girls. Institutions of higher learning will award degrees to perhaps 487,000 young men and women, including many thousands of war veterans.

Not all of these young people will seek jobs immediately. Perhaps a third of those graduated from high school will go on to college; a much smaller proportion of the college graduates will continue academic work. Many girls will be married and become homemakers. But three-quarters of a million high-school and college graduates are expected to enter the labor market, and their number may be equalled by boys and girls who will drop school this year on reaching the age at which they are no longer required to attend.

Employment of young people has remained high since the war; more persons aged 14 to 24 are at work today than in 1940, although the number in this age group is smaller than it was 10 years ago. But since 1948 unemployment has increased rapidly among youth, and in April 1950 about one million of the nation's 3½ million unemployed were persons under age 25. The addition of large numbers of young people to the labor force under present conditions is giving concern to educators and to all others who deal with problems of youth.

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