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Indicator 68. Employment of Dropouts


Employment status of high school dropouts in the year that they dropped out: October 1970 to October 1994

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                              [Numbers in thousands]
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         |     Dropouts\1\     |   Dropouts in the civilian labor force\2\   |Dropouts
 October |---------------------|---------------------------------------------| not in
   of    |          |          |         |    Labor    |        |            |   the
  year   |  Number  | Percent  | Number  |    force    |Percent |Unemployment|  labor
         |          | employed |         |participation|employed|  rate\3\   |  force
         |          |          |         |   rate\2\   |        |            |
---------|----------|----------|---------|-------------|--------|------------|---------

1970 ....       712         45       427            60       74           26       285
1975 ....       727         41       455            63       66           34       272

1980 ....       739         44       471            64       68           32       268
1981 ....       714         40       450            63       64           36       264
1982 ....       668         37       421            63       58           42       247
1983 ....       597         43       377            63       68           32       220
1984 ....       601         43       387            64       67           33       214
1985 ....       612         43       413            67       64           36       199

1986 ....       562         46       359            64       72           28       203
1987 ....       502         41       333            66       62           38       169
1988 ....       552         43       327            59       73           27       225
1989 ....       446         47       292            65       72           28       154
1990 ....       405         47       280            69       68           32       125
1991 ....       380         37       235            62       60           40       145
1992 ....       406         36       242            60       61           39       164
1993 ....       399         47       254            64       74           26       145
1994\4\ ..      510         43       311            61       70           30       198
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/1/ Includes persons from 16 to 24 years old who dropped out from any grade without completing high school during the previous 12 months (October through October).

/2/ The civilian labor force includes all employed persons plus those seeking employment. It excludes persons in the mili-tary. The labor force participation rate is the percent of persons either employed or seeking employment.

/3/ The unemployment rate is the proportion of those in the labor force who are not working and are looking for employment.

/4/ In 1994, new survey collection techniques and population weighting were used.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment of School-Age Youth, Graduates, and Dropouts, various years; and unpublished tabulations.

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