Laws and regulations limiting the extent of work that children can
perform have been in place for many years. However, within the limits of these
laws, many youths are employed in seasonal or year-round jobs.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) regularly
conducts research and provides reports on trends in youth labor.
DOL Web Pages on This Topic
Report on the
Youth Labor Force
This 76-page report completed in 2000 examines the
youth labor force in great depth. The report is divided into the following
sections to make it more usable:
Labor Laws and Enforcement
This section examines current federal child
labor laws, compares state child labor laws, and discusses government programs
that affect young workers.
Detailed Look at Employment of Youths Aged 12 to 15
examines employment patterns of youth based on the National Longitudinal Survey
of Youth 1997.
Youth Employment: Data from the Current Population Survey
provides data from the Current Population Survey on incidence and type of
employment for youths in various demographic and income groups.
Employment in Agriculture
This section focuses on paid employment of
youths in crop agriculture.
Illnesses, and Fatalities
This section provides a statistical profile
of risks to the safety and health of working youths.
Relationship of Youth Employment to Future Educational Attainment and Labor
This section examines the relations between youths'
work activities while in school and their future educational attainment and
labor market success.
Youth Labor Force
The youth labor force 16- to 24-year-olds
working or actively looking for work grows sharply between April and
July each year as high school and college students take or search for summer
employment. This web page provides statistics from BLS's Current Population
Survey that examine employment and unemployment among youth.
and Sectoral Patterns in Youth Employment
This article examines the
seasonal and sectoral patterns in youth employment using data from the 1979
National Longitudinal Survey of Youth.
The BLS Kids Page
Gives information about different careers and their educational
requirements. Written for a youth audience.