Spotlight on Statistics

March 2011

BLS Spotlight on Statistics: School's Out

Chart Data

What are the Most Hazardous Occupations for Young People?

Distribution of fatal occupational injuries during the summer months by selected occupation groups and age groups, 2003–2009
Occupational group Fatal occupational injuries
(percent distribution)
Workers age 16-20 Workers age 21 and over


100.0% 100.0%

Construction and extraction

33.7 20.8


14.7 27.6

Transportation and materials moving

14.2 24.9

Farming, fishing and forestry

12.2 4.8

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

7.7 5.2

Sales and related

4.7 5.5

Personal care and service

3.7 1.0

Installation, maintenance and repair

3.7 7.4

Food preparation and serving related

2.7 1.0

Office and administrative support

2.5 1.5

Note: Columns may not sum to 100 due to rounding.

Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities | Chart


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