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Youth Indicators, 2005: Trends in the Well-Being of American Youth

Indicator 19: Dropouts

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Table 19. Percentage of persons ages 16 to 24 years who were status dropouts, by sex and race/ethnicity: 1972 to 2003
  SexRace/ethnicity
YearAll personsMaleFemaleWhite, non-HispanicBlack, non-HispanicHispanic
197214.614.115.112.321.334.3
197314.113.714.511.622.233.5
197414.314.214.311.921.233.0
197513.913.314.511.422.929.2
197614.114.114.212.020.531.4
197714.114.513.811.919.833.0
197814.214.613.911.920.233.3
197914.615.014.212.021.133.8
198014.115.113.111.419.135.2
198113.915.112.811.318.433.2
198213.914.513.311.418.431.7
198313.714.912.511.118.031.6
198413.114.012.311.015.529.8
198512.613.411.810.415.227.6
198612.213.111.49.714.230.1
198712.613.212.110.414.128.6
198812.913.512.29.614.535.8
198912.613.611.79.413.933.0
199012.112.311.89.013.232.4
199112.513.011.98.913.635.3
1992111.011.310.77.713.729.4
1993111.011.210.97.913.627.5
1994111.412.310.67.712.630.0
1995112.012.211.78.612.130.0
1996111.111.410.97.313.029.4
1997111.011.910.17.613.425.3
1998111.813.310.37.713.829.5
1999111.211.910.57.312.628.6
2000110.912.09.96.913.127.8
2001110.712.29.37.310.927.0
2002110.511.89.26.511.325.7
200319.911.38.46.310.923.5
1Because of changes in data collection procedures, data may not be comparable with figures prior to 1992.
NOTE: 'Status' dropouts are 16- to 24-year-olds who are not enrolled in school and who have not completed a high school program regardless of when they left school. People who have received GED credentials are counted as high school completers. All data are based an October counts. Data are based upon sample surveys of the civilian noninstitutionalized population.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics, 2004, based on U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October, unpublished data.

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