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Table 379. Labor force participation of persons 16 years old and over, by age, sex, race/ethnicity, and highest level of education: 2000

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                        |        Labor force participation rate\1\     |       Employment/population ratio\2\
                        |______________________________________________|_______________________________________________
     Age, sex, and      |     | Less |      |         College          |     | Less |      |         College
     race/ethnicity     |     | than | High |__________________________|     | than | High |___________________________
                        |     |high  |school| Some   |Associ-| Bache-  |     |high  |school| Some   |Associ-|  Bache-
                        |Total|school|gradu-|college,|  ate  |  lor's  |Total|school|gradu-|college,|  ate  |  lor's
                        |     |gradu-| ate  |   no   |degree |degree or|     |gradu-| ate  |   no   |degree |degree or
                        |     |ate\3\|      | degree |       | higher  |     |ate\3\|      | degree |       |  higher
________________________|_____|______|______|________|_______|_________|_____|______|______|________|_______|__________
           1            |  2  |  3   |  4   |   5    |   6   |    7    |  8  |  9   |  10  |   11   |  12   |    13
________________________|_____|______|______|________|_______|_________|_____|______|______|________|_______|__________
   16 to 19 years old\4\|52.2 | 45.1 | 69.6 |   61.9 |  68.9 |     --- |45.4 | 38.0 | 61.6 |   57.8 |  65.7 |      ---
Men ................... |53.0 | 46.3 | 73.1 |   60.3 |  76.8 |     --- |45.6 | 38.6 | 64.6 |   56.0 |  70.1 |      ---
Women ..................|51.3 | 43.7 | 66.2 |   63.1 |  64.2 |     --- |45.2 | 37.3 | 58.6 |   59.1 |  63.1 |      ---
White\5\ ...............|55.7 | 48.7 | 72.5 |   65.1 |  72.0 |     --- |49.3 | 41.9 | 65.6 |   61.1 |  68.6 |      ---
Black\5\................|39.2 | 32.5 | 58.4 |   49.0 |  43.9 |     --- |29.5 | 23.3 | 44.4 |   43.5 |  40.7 |      ---
Hispanic\6\ ............|46.3 | 38.6 | 67.9 |   65.8 |  72.9 |     --- |38.5 | 30.9 | 59.4 |   58.9 |  72.9 |      ---
                        |     |      |      |        |       |         |     |      |      |        |       |
   20 to 24 years old\4\|77.9 | 69.5 | 82.3 |   74.2 |  84.9 |    84.4 |72.4 | 59.5 | 75.5 |   70.4 |  82.2 |     80.8
Men ................... |82.6 | 83.0 | 88.2 |   75.0 |  88.3 |    86.5 |76.6 | 72.8 | 80.9 |   71.0 |  85.6 |     82.7
Women ..................|73.3 | 52.4 | 75.7 |   73.4 |  82.1 |    83.0 |68.2 | 42.7 | 69.2 |   69.8 |  79.3 |     79.4
White\5\ ...............|79.9 | 72.0 | 84.4 |   75.9 |  86.1 |    86.6 |75.3 | 63.8 | 78.8 |   72.6 |  83.7 |     83.1
Black\5\................|71.8 | 59.7 | 75.6 |   71.1 |  80.9 |    80.7 |61.0 | 41.6 | 63.2 |   64.4 |  75.9 |     75.7
Hispanic\6\ ............|77.7 | 72.8 | 82.1 |   77.6 |  80.0 |    86.3 |71.8 | 65.8 | 75.6 |   73.7 |  78.4 |     82.6
                        |     |      |      |        |       |         |     |      |      |        |       |
   25 and older ........|67.4 | 43.1 | 64.6 |   72.2 |  78.1 |    79.5 |65.4 | 40.4 | 62.3 |   70.1 |  76.3 |     78.2
Men ................... |76.0 | 55.1 | 75.0 |   79.4 |  84.6 |    84.4 |73.8 | 52.1 | 72.5 |   77.3 |  82.7 |     83.1
Women ..................|59.7 | 32.4 | 55.8 |   65.7 |  73.2 |    74.2 |57.8 | 29.8 | 53.8 |   63.7 |  71.4 |     72.9
White\5\ ...............|67.2 | 43.8 | 63.8 |   71.1 |  77.8 |    79.1 |65.4 | 41.3 | 61.9 |   69.2 |  76.2 |     77.9
Black\5\................|68.3 | 39.1 | 69.9 |   78.4 |  81.8 |    84.4 |64.6 | 34.9 | 65.4 |   75.2 |  78.9 |     82.3
Hispanic\6\ ............|70.2 | 60.3 | 74.0 |   79.4 |  81.6 |    82.9 |67.1 | 56.5 | 71.1 |   76.9 |  79.3 |     81.1
________________________|_____|______|______|________|_______|_________|_____|______|______|________|_______|__________

---Too few sample cases for a reliable estimate. \1\Percent of the civilian population who are employed or seeking employment.
\2\Number of persons employed as a percent of civilian population.
\3\Includes persons reporting no school years completed.
\4\Excludes persons enrolled in school.
\5\Includes persons of Hispanic origin.
\6\Hispanics may be of any race.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, unpublished tabulations of annual averages from the Current Population Survey. (This table was prepared April 2001.)

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