Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 29


Indicator 29. Dropouts


Percent of high school dropouts among persons 16 to 24 years old, by sex and race/ethnicity: October 1967 to October 1994

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                         Sex                 Race/ethnicity
             All   --------------- ------------------------------------
   Year    persons                    White,        Black,     Hispanic
                    Male   Female  non-Hispanic  non-Hispanic
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1967 .....   17.0    16.5    17.3  \1\     15.4  \1\     28.6      ---
1970 .....   15.0    14.2    15.7  \1\     13.2  \1\     27.9      ---
1975 .....   13.9    13.3    14.5          11.4          22.9     29.2
1980 .....   14.1    15.1    13.1          11.4          19.1     35.2

1981 .....   13.9    15.1    12.8          11.4          18.4     33.2
1982 .....   13.9    14.5    13.3          11.4          18.4     31.7
1983 .....   13.7    14.9    12.5          11.2          18.0     31.6
1984 .....   13.1    14.0    12.3          11.0          15.5     29.8
1985 .....   12.6    13.4    11.8          10.4          15.2     27.6
1986 .....   12.2    13.1    11.4           9.7          14.2     30.1
1987 .....   12.7    13.3    12.2          10.4          14.1     28.6
1988 .....   12.9    13.5    12.2           9.6          14.5     35.8
1989 .....   12.6    13.6    11.7           9.4          13.9     33.0
1990 .....   12.1    12.3    11.8           9.0          13.2     32.4

1991 .....   12.5    13.0    11.9           8.9          13.6     35.3
1992\2\...   11.0    11.3    10.7           7.7          13.7     29.4
1993\2\...   11.0    11.2    10.9           7.9          13.6     27.5
1994\2\...   11.5    12.3    10.6           7.7          12.6     30.0
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-Data not available.

/1/ Includes Hispanics.

/2/ Because of changes in data collection procedures, data may not be comparable with figures for earlier years.

NOTE: "Status" dropouts are persons who are not enrolled in school and who have not completed high school. People who have received GED credentials are counted as completing high school.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Current Population Survey, unpublished tabulations.

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