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Table 15. Percentage of 16- to 24-year-olds who were high school status dropouts, by race/ethnicity and sex: Selected years, 1990 through 2009
 
Year and sex Total   White Black Hispanic Asian/
Pacific Islander
  American Indian/
Alaska Native
 
Total                  
1990 12.1   9.0 13.4 32.4 4.9 ! 16.4 !
1995 12.0   8.6 12.1 30.0 3.9   13.4 !
2000 10.9   6.9 13.1 27.8 3.8   14.0  
2001 10.7   7.3 10.9 27.0 3.6   13.1  
2002 10.5   6.5 11.3 25.7 3.9   16.8  
2003 9.9 1  6.3 10.9 23.5 3.9   15.0  
2004 10.3 1  6.8 11.8 23.8 3.6   17.0  
2005 9.4 1  6.0 10.4 22.4 2.9   14.0  
2006 9.3 1  5.8 10.7 22.1 3.6   14.7  
2007 8.7 1  5.3 8.4 21.4 6.1   19.3  
2008 8.0 1  4.8 9.9 18.3 4.4   14.6  
2009 8.1 1  5.2 9.3 17.6 3.4   13.2  
                   
Males                  
1990 12.3   9.3 12.0 34.3   11.4 !
1995 12.2   9.0 11.1 30.0 3.2 ! 14.7 !
2000 12.0   7.0 15.3 31.8 4.9   10.9 !
2001 12.2   7.9 13.0 31.6 5.4   10.3 !
2002 11.8   6.7 12.8 29.6 4.9   21.4  
2003 11.3 1  7.1 12.5 26.7 5.5   17.4 !
2004 11.6 1  7.1 13.5 28.5 2.2 ! 12.6 !
2005 10.8 1  6.6 12.0 26.4 2.8 ! 16.6  
2006 10.5 1  6.4 9.7 25.7 4.7   16.8 !
2007 9.8 1  6.0 8.0 24.7 5.8   21.4  
2008 8.5 1  5.4 8.7 19.9 3.9   18.6  
2009 9.1 1  6.3 10.6 19.0 3.3   12.3 !
                   
Females                  
1990 11.8   8.7 14.6 30.3 7.2   20.3  
1995 11.7   8.2 12.9 30.0 4.6 ! 12.1 !
2000 9.9   6.9 11.1 23.5 2.6 ! 17.8 !
2001 9.3   6.7 9.0 22.1 1.6 ! 14.9  
2002 9.2   6.3 9.9 21.2 2.8 ! 12.7  
2003 8.4 1  5.6 9.5 20.1 2.3 ! 12.7 !
2004 9.0 1  6.4 10.2 18.5 4.9   21.7  
2005 8.0 1  5.3 9.0 18.1 3.0 ! 11.3 !
2006 8.5 1  5.3 11.7 18.1 2.5 ! 12.1 !
2007 7.7 1  4.5 8.8 18.0 6.4   17.6  
2008 7.5 1  4.2 11.1 16.7 4.9   11.6 !
2009 7.0 1  4.1 8.1 16.1 3.4   14.1 !
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater.  
‡ Reporting standards not met. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 50 percent or greater.  
1 For 2003 through 2009, totals include other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately.  
NOTE: The data presented here represent status dropout rates, which is the percentage of civilian, noninstitutionalized 16- to 24-year-olds who are not in high school and who have not earned a high school credential (either a diploma or equivalency credential such as a General Educational Development [GED] certificate). The status dropout rate includes all dropouts (regardless of when they last attended school), as well as individuals who may have never attended school in the United States, such as immigrants who did not complete a high school diploma in their home country. Total includes other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October Supplement, selected years, 1990–2009.

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