January 02, 2009
Fifty-one percent of high school students ages 17 to 19 drove on an average day in 2003-07, compared with 25 percent of students ages 15 to 16.
Older high school students were more likely to work, shop, and do volunteer activities on an average day than were younger high school students.
Regardless of age, high school students who volunteered spent slightly more than 2 hours doing so, and those who shopped did so for about 1 hour.
These data are from the American Time Use Survey. Estimates are for September through May, 2003–07. Estimates are averages of all days of the week for high school students ages 15 to 19. To learn more, see How high school students use time: a visual essay, by Mary Dorinda Allard, Monthly Labor Review, November 2008.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Activities of high school students by age on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2008/dec/wk5/art04.htm (visited November 30, 2015).
Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.