Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Students R US

A topic that comes up now and again is how students impact the local labor force, especially college students.  Direct from the Bureau of Labor is the graphic below on labor force participation by school enrollment status.  This is for the nation, but still it shows that indeed students are counted in the labor force just like others if they are currently not working and are looking for work.  If not looking for work currently, then they would nominally not be part of the labor force in the first place.

Given that the enrollment counts at local institutions of higher education have been ramping up over the last decade, and a roughly 50% labor force participation it makes a difference in local labor force stats... especially for the city proper.

The actual interactive version which you can drill down into for more stats is online here.


Anonymous BrianTH said...

So labor force participation by people in their 20s is over 80% if they are not enrolled in school, just over 50% if they are enrolled in college (under 50% if enrolled full time).

What this means is you would need a lot more college students in their 20s than non-college students in their 20s to meet any particular increase in the size of the labor force.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012 3:08:00 PM  
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