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Table 28. Labor status of 16- to 24-year-old high school dropouts in the civilian labor force in the year that they dropped out: Selected years, 1980 through 2009
 
Year Number of dropouts2
(in thousands)
Labor force
participation rate3
Dropouts in the
civilian labor force1
Dropouts not in the labor force
(in thousands)
Number (in thousands) Unemployment rate4
Total Employed Unemployed4
1980 738 63.8 471 323 148 31.4 267
1985 610 67.5 412 265 147 35.6 198
1990 412 67.8 279 190 89 31.8 132
1995 604 67.7 409 288 121 29.6 195
2000 515 68.0 350 252 99 28.1 165
2001 506 64.0 324 207 116 35.9 182
2002 401 67.7 271 191 81 29.8 129
2003 457 59.3 271 187 84 30.8 186
2004 496 53.7 267 160 106 39.9 229
2005 407 57.2 233 156 77 32.9 174
2006 445 52.8 235 180 55 23.6 210
2007 426 56.2 239 175 64 26.9 187
2008 400 48.4 194 117 77 39.5 206
2009 383 48.5 186 83 103 55.1 198
1The civilian labor force includes all employed persons, plus those seeking employment; it excludes persons in the military.
2Includes persons 16 to 24 years old who dropped out from any grade without completing high school or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate during the previous 12 months (October through October).
3The labor force participation rate is the percent of persons 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.              
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals due to rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October Supplement, selected years, 1980–2009.

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