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

Indicator 31: Labor Force Participation of Dropouts

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Table 31. Labor force status of high school dropouts in the year that they dropped out: Various years, October 1970 to October 2003
  Dropouts in the civilian labor force2 
YearAll dropouts1 (in thousands)Number (in thousands)Number employed (in thousands)Labor force participation rate3Number unemployed (in thousands)Unemployment rate4Dropouts not in the labor force (in thousands)
19707124273186010926285
19757374623056315734275
19807594853326415332274
19856124132666714736199
19865443582576610228185
19875023332076612638168
1988552327240598727225
1989446292210658228154
1990405280189699032126
1991380235140629540145
1992406242147609539164
1993399254187646726145
19945510311219619330198
19956044092886812130195
1996496289210588028206
1997502302227607725200
1998505308221618728197
1999524300222577826224
2000515350252689928165
20015063242076411636182
2002401271190688130129
2003457271187598431186
1Includes persons 16 to 24 years old who dropped out from any grade without completing high school or a GED during the previous 12 months (October through October).
2The civilian labor force includes all employed persons plus those seeking employment; it excludes persons in the military.
3The labor force participation rate is the percentage 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.
5In 1994, new survey collection techniques and population weighting were used.
NOTE: Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
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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