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

Indicator 31: Labor Force Participation of Dropouts

Figure 31. Labor force status of 16- to 24-year-olds who dropped out of school between October 2002 and October 2003

Labor force status of 16- to 24-year-olds who dropped out of school between October 2002 and October 2003
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, College Enrollment and Work Activity of High School Graduates, 2003.

In October 2003, of the 457,000 persons who dropped out of high school during the previous 12 months, 271,000 (or 59 percent) were in the civilian work force, while 186,000 (or 41 percent) were not in the labor force. Of those within the civilian work force, 84,000 (or 31 percent) were unemployed but seeking employment.


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