Employment - NLSY97 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2001; National Longitudinal Survey, 1997). This is a series of questions, first given in 10th grade, that document all aspects of employment during the previous year. Question concern employment, work assigned, earnings, training on the job, relations with co-workers, and reasons for termination. These questions are adapted from the employment section of the National Longitudinal Survey.


The Employment Report Form (ERF) contains a series of questions that measure multiple aspects of employment, including jobs within the last year, work assigned, earnings, training on the job, relations with co-workers, and reasons for termination from employment. The original scoring method was established by Howe and Frazis (1992) at the Bureau of Labor Statistics as part of the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLSY97, Round 3). The NLSY97 was designed to gather information at multiple points in time about the youth labor market. Items used in the Fast Track interviews were adapted from the NLYS97, Round 3 employment section. This measure was added to the Fast Track protocol in year 11 (2001) for cohort 1.

The ERF (year 11) is an electronic survey measuring 23 employment characteristics. If a youth reports having employment within the past year, a series of 23 questions are asked for up to 3 jobs as well as employment activities carried out as a “freelancer” or self-employed individual.

The Employment Report Form establishes respondent incorporation into the labor force regarding the previous summer’s employment. The survey measures variables related to employment, type of work and earnings. A large group of variables describes work performed, type of work and other descriptive items. The instrument also measures employment outcomes on activities outside the formal labor market, identified as “free lance” or self-employed activities.

Dataset Names

Raw Dataset Name: CxAV
Scored Dataset Name: EMPySCc


Youth Employment, Hours Worked, Wages, Work Schedule, Income, Job Search