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Table H107. Among 2004 public high school graduates who did not enroll in postecondary education within the first 2 years after high school graduation, percentage who ever worked or were ever unemployed during this period, and their current unemployment rate, by occupational concentrator status, area of concentration, and number of occupational credits earned in high school: 2006
Occupational concentrator status,1
area of concentration, and
number of occupational credits
2004–06   2006 unemployment rate2
Ever worked for pay   Ever unemployed  
Pct. 95% CI   Pct. 95% CI   Pct. 95% CI
All graduates 93.6 [92.2–95.0]   38.5 [35.6–41.3]   12.5 [10.5–14.4]
2-credit concentrator                
Nonconcentrators 92.4 [90.5–94.3]   40.0 [36.0–44.0]   13.7 [11.1–16.4]
Occupational concentrators 95.5 [93.6–97.4]   36.2 [31.5–40.9]   10.6 [7.9–13.3]
Agriculture and natural resources 96.4 [92.4–100.0]   41.6 [29.2–53.9]   11.8 [4.0–19.6]
Business 93.2 [88.2–98.3]   45.2 [35.8–54.7]   15.6 [7.3–23.8]
Communications and design 97.7 [93.8–100.0]   36.7 [23.0–50.4]   16.4 [8.1–24.7]
Computer and information sciences 90.4 [78.2–100.0]   49.6 [34.3–64.9]   9.0 [0.0–21.9]
Construction and architecture 93.7 [86.6–100.0]   30.7 [15.6–45.8]   5.8 [0.0–12.3]
Consumer and culinary services 91.0 [82.9–99.2]   47.6 [35.7–59.6]   13.8 [4.4–23.3]
Engineering technologies 97.0 [92.3–100.0]   33.2 [17.5–49.0]   8.2 [0.0–17.6]
Health sciences 90.6 [78.4–100.0]   36.6 [19.4–53.8]   12.2 [0.0–27.9]
Manufacturing 99.1 [97.4–100.0]   22.4 [14.1–30.6]   9.8 [3.2–16.3]
Marketing 95.6 [89.6–100.0]   13.3 [2.0–24.6]   4.0 [0.0–11.4]
Public services [†]   [†]   [†]
Repair and transportation 98.5 [96.2–100.0]   32.9 [21.6–44.1]   3.3 [0.0–6.6]
3-credit concentrator                
Nonconcentrators 93.3 [91.6–94.9]   40.2 [36.8–43.6]   12.9 [10.6–15.2]
Occupational concentrators 94.8 [92.4–97.3]   32.7 [27.4–38.0]   11.1 [7.4–14.8]
Agriculture and natural resources 95.8 [90.1–100.0]   39.0 [23.3–54.7]   12.3 [0.4–24.2]
Business 89.5 [80.1–98.8]   31.2 [15.8–46.5]   12.3 [0.5–24.1]
Communications and design [†]   [†]   [†]
Computer and information sciences [†]   [†]   [†]
Construction and architecture 93.8 [85.3–100.0]   20.1 [1.5–38.8]   5.4 [0.0–13.5]
Consumer and culinary services 91.7 [83.1–100.0]   48.6 [33.9–63.2]   12.3 [1.3–23.4]
Engineering technologies [†]   [†]   [†]
Health sciences [†]   [†]   [†]
Manufacturing 98.4 [95.0–100.0]   17.7 [8.0–27.5]   11.8 [0.7–22.9]
Marketing [†]   [†]   [†]
Public services [†]   [†]   [†]
Repair and transportation 100.0 [100.0–100.0]   27.6 [14.3–40.9]   3.8 [0.0–8.4]
Number of occupational credits                
0.00–1.99 credits 91.3 [88.6–93.9]   38.9 [34.1–43.7]   14.5 [11.0–18.0]
2.00–3.99 credits 94.4 [92.2–96.6]   41.7 [36.8–46.7]   12.9 [9.4–16.4]
4.00 or more credits 95.7 [93.7–97.7]   34.5 [29.4–39.5]   9.7 [6.8–12.6]
† Not applicable.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 The 2- and 3-credit occupational concentrators are graduates who earned at least 2.0 and 3.0 credits, respectively, in one of the 12 occupational areas listed in the table. Graduates can concentrate in more than one occupational area.
2 The unemployment rate represents the percentage of graduates in the labor force who were unemployed at the time of the 2006 interview. It is equal to the number of graduates who were unemployed divided by the sum of the number of graduates who were unemployed and the number who were working.
NOTE: See the Technical Notes for the definition of 95% CI (confidence interval).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002), “Second Follow-up, 2006” and High School Transcript Study (HSTS), 2004.

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