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

Indicator 29: Employment of High School Completers

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Table 29. Employment status of high school completers in year of completion, by college enrollment status: Various years, October 1965 to October 2003
 High school completersHigh school completers in the civilian labor force1
College enrollment status and year of high school completionNumber (in thousands)Percent of total2Number (in thousands)Labor force participation rate3Percent employedUnemployment rate4
Not enrolled in college
19651,305491,071828812
19701,330481,027778218
19751,571491,276818020
19801,565511,330858119
19851,12742927827525
199094540788848119
199185738685807525
199291937714788119
199387337736847624
199495938772818020
199599038790807921
199693135726787624
199791333738818317
199896534768808218
19991,07537904848318
20001,01037811808713
200197638787817921
200297235775808317
200396636757787426
Enrolled in college
19651,35451380288911
19701,42752509368416
19751,61551641408812
19801,52449662438713
19851,53958683448713
19901,41060587428911
19911,42062675488812
19921,54263761498515
19931,46463677468614
19941,55962723468911
19951,61062756478713
19961,72965801468416
19971,85667853468812
19981,84466924508911
19991,8226384546937
20001,7456381847946
20011,56962735478614
20021,82465829458812
20031,71164713428812
1The civilian labor force includes all employed civilians plus those seeking employment; it excludes persons in the military.
2Percent not enrolled in college plus percent enrolled in college equals 100.
3The labor force participation rate is the percent of civilians either employed or seeking employment.
4The unemployment rate is the proportion of those in the labor force who are not working but are seeking employment.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment of School-Age Youth, Graduates, and Dropouts, various years; and annual news release, College Enrollment and Work Activity of High School Graduates, various years.

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