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Digest of Education Statistics: 2004
Digest of Education Statistics: 2004

NCES 2006-005
October 2005


Table 106. Percentage distribution of 18- to 29-year-olds, by high school completion status and selected characteristics: 2000 to 2003

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                             |                   2000               |                   2001               |                   2002               |                   2003
Selected                     |______________________________________|______________________________________|______________________________________|______________________________________
characteristic               |     Dropout|  Completed|    Completed|     Dropout|  Completed|    Completed|     Dropout|  Completed|    Completed|     Dropout|  Completed|    Completed
                             |            |  by GED\1\|   by diploma|            |  by GED\1\|   by diploma|            |  by GED\1\|   by diploma|            |  by GED\1\|   by diploma
_____________________________|____________|___________|_____________|____________|___________|_____________|____________|___________|_____________|____________|___________|_____________
1                            |           2|          3|            4|           5|          6|            7|           8|          9|           10|          11|         12|           13
_____________________________|____________|___________|_____________|____________|___________|_____________|____________|___________|_____________|____________|___________|_____________
Number (in thousands) .......|5,473(120.9)|2,165(73.4)|35,213(389.8)|5,448(120.6)|2,573(80.4)|34,900(387.2)|5,568(115.7)|2,290(71.7)|35,874(373.0)|5,705(117.1)|2,212(70.3)|36,607(377.0)
Percentage distribution .....| 12.8 (0.25)|  5.1(0.16)|  82.2 (0.28)| 12.7 (0.25)|  6.0(0.18)|  81.3 (0.29)| 12.7 (0.23)|  5.2(0.16)|  82.0 (0.27)| 12.8 (0.23)|  5.0(0.15)|  82.2 (0.26)
                             |____________|___________|_____________|____________|___________|_____________|____________|___________|_____________|____________|___________|_____________
Sex .........................|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00)
  Male ......................| 54.2 (1.04)| 52.4(1.65)|  48.0 (0.41)| 55.3 (1.04)| 49.4(1.52)|  48.2 (0.41)| 56.1 (0.97)| 52.2(1.52)|  48.4 (0.39)| 56.0 (0.96)| 55.5(1.54)|  48.3 (0.38)
  Female ....................| 45.8 (1.04)| 47.6(1.65)|  52.0 (0.41)| 44.7 (1.04)| 50.6(1.52)|  51.8 (0.41)| 43.9 (0.97)| 47.8(1.52)|  51.6 (0.39)| 44.0 (0.96)| 44.5(1.54)|  51.7 (0.38)
                             |            |           |             |            |           |             |            |           |             |            |           |
Age .........................|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00)
  18 and 19 .................| 18.5 (0.81)| 11.3(1.05)|  15.5 (0.30)| 19.1 (0.82)| 12.2(0.99)|  15.6 (0.30)| 15.9 (0.71)| 11.8(0.98)|  14.8 (0.27)| 14.3 (0.68)|  9.6(0.91)|  14.1 (0.27)
  20 and 21 .................| 18.2 (0.80)| 12.8(1.10)|  17.3 (0.31)| 17.9 (0.80)| 16.5(1.13)|  18.1 (0.32)| 17.3 (0.74)| 15.1(1.09)|  17.4 (0.29)| 16.1 (0.71)| 14.6(1.10)|  17.1 (0.29)
  22 to 24 ..................| 23.9 (0.89)| 29.9(1.51)|  25.8 (0.36)| 24.9 (0.90)| 29.5(1.38)|  25.4 (0.36)| 27.4 (0.87)| 29.5(1.39)|  26.3 (0.34)| 26.2 (0.85)| 30.4(1.43)|  27.3 (0.34)
  25 to 29 ..................| 39.4 (1.02)| 45.9(1.65)|  41.4 (0.40)| 38.2 (1.01)| 41.8(1.50)|  40.9 (0.41)| 39.4 (0.96)| 43.6(1.51)|  41.4 (0.38)| 43.4 (0.96)| 45.5(1.55)|  41.6 (0.38)
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Race/ethnicity ..............|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00)
  White, non-Hispanic\2\ ....| 38.7 (1.01)| 67.5(1.55)|  69.5 (0.38)| 39.0 (1.02)| 66.8(1.43)|  68.6 (0.38)| 34.8 (0.93)| 62.1(1.48)|  66.8 (0.36)| 33.7 (0.91)| 62.2(1.51)|  66.0 (0.36)
  Black, non-Hispanic\2\ ....| 14.8 (0.79)| 15.5(1.27)|  13.6 (0.30)| 14.4 (0.78)| 16.6(1.20)|  13.4 (0.30)| 13.2 (0.70)| 15.7(1.18)|  12.9 (0.27)| 13.8 (0.71)| 13.9(1.14)|  12.5 (0.27)
  Hispanic ..................| 43.0 (1.17)| 12.3(1.23)|  10.9 (0.29)| 43.4 (1.17)| 12.7(1.15)|  11.6 (0.30)| 49.0 (1.11)| 17.4(1.31)|  13.7 (0.30)| 48.9 (1.10)| 17.5(1.34)|  13.9 (0.30)
  Other .....................|  3.5 (0.43)|  4.7(0.79)|   6.0 (0.22)|  3.2 (0.42)|  3.9(0.67)|   6.4 (0.23)|  3.0 (0.35)|  4.8(0.69)|   6.6 (0.20)|  3.6 (0.38)|  6.4(0.81)|   7.6 (0.21)
                             |            |           |             |            |           |             |            |           |             |            |           |
Educational attainment ......|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00)
  Less than high school .....|100.0  (0.00|    †   (†)|     †    (†)|100.0  (0.00|    †   (†)|     †    (†)|100.0  (0.00|    †   (†)|     †    (†)|100.0  (0.00|    †   (†)|     †    (†)
  Completed high school .....|    †    (†)| 68.9(1.53)|  36.1 (0.39)|    †    (†)| 60.9(1.48)|  36.5 (0.40)|    †    (†)| 72.3(1.37)|  36.0 (0.37)|    †    (†)| 68.8(1.44)|  35.6 (0.37)
  Some college ..............|    †    (†)| 20.2(1.33)|  35.0 (0.39)|    †    (†)| 26.7(1.34)|  35.3 (0.39)|    †    (†)| 20.9(1.24)|  35.9 (0.37)|    †    (†)| 19.9(1.24)|  34.9 (0.36)
  Associate's degree ........|    †    (†)|  5.5(0.75)|   7.6 (0.22)|    †    (†)|  6.9(0.77)|   7.7 (0.22)|    †    (†)|  3.6(0.57)|   7.4 (0.20)|    †    (†)|  5.0(0.68)|   7.6 (0.20)
  Bachelor's degree .........|    †    (†)|  4.5(0.69)|  17.7 (0.31)|    †    (†)|  4.8(0.65)|  17.0 (0.31)|    †    (†)|  2.8(0.51)|  17.0 (0.29)|    †    (†)|  5.0(0.68)|  18.3 (0.30)
  Master's or higher degree .|    †    (†)|  0.8(0.30)|   3.5 (0.15)|    †    (†)|  0.7(0.24)|   3.4 (0.15)|    †    (†)|  0.4(0.19)|   3.6 (0.14)|    †    (†)|  1.4(0.36)|   3.5 (0.14)
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Family income quartile ......|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00| ---     (†)| ---    (†)|  ---     (†)| ---     (†)| ---    (†)|  ---     (†)
  Lowest quartile ...........| 44.8 (1.04)| 29.7(1.51)|  18.7 (0.32)| 41.7 (1.03)| 27.8(1.36)|  19.1 (0.32)| ---     (†)| ---    (†)|  ---     (†)| ---     (†)| ---    (†)|  ---     (†)
  Low-middle quartile .......| 29.5 (0.95)| 29.7(1.51)|  24.8 (0.35)| 31.4 (0.97)| 28.2(1.37)|  24.3 (0.35)| ---     (†)| ---    (†)|  ---     (†)| ---     (†)| ---    (†)|  ---     (†)
  High-middle quartile ......| 18.2 (0.80)| 26.4(1.46)|  28.2 (0.37)| 19.7 (0.83)| 25.6(1.33)|  27.4 (0.37)| ---     (†)| ---    (†)|  ---     (†)| ---     (†)| ---    (†)|  ---     (†)
  Highest quartile ..........|  7.5 (0.55)| 14.2(1.15)|  28.3 (0.37)|  7.3 (0.54)| 18.5(1.18)|  29.2 (0.37)| ---     (†)| ---    (†)|  ---     (†)| ---     (†)| ---    (†)|  ---     (†)
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Employment status ...........|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.00|100.0  (0.0| 100.0  (0.00)
  Employed ..................| 61.1 (1.01)| 71.0(1.50)|  76.5 (0.35)| 61.2 (1.02)| 67.1(1.43)|  73.3 (0.36)| 61.3 (0.95)| 64.4(1.46)|  72.5 (0.34)| 58.0 (0.95)| 66.7(1.46)|  71.5 (0.34)
  Unemployed ................|  9.8 (0.62)|  7.7(0.88)|   3.6 (0.15)| 12.3 (0.68)|  9.1(0.87)|   5.2 (0.18)| 11.6 (0.63)| 11.9(0.99)|   5.4 (0.17)| 11.3 (0.61)| 10.2(0.94)|   5.8 (0.18)
  Not in labor force ........| 29.1 (0.95)| 21.3(1.35)|  19.8 (0.33)| 26.5 (0.92)| 23.8(1.29)|  21.5 (0.34)| 27.2 (0.87)| 23.6(1.30)|  22.1 (0.32)| 30.7 (0.89)| 23.0(1.31)|  22.7 (0.32)
_____________________________|____________|___________|_____________|____________|___________|_____________|____________|___________|_____________|____________|___________|_____________

---Not available.
†Not applicable.
\1\GED stands for General Educational Development test.
\2\White, non-Hispanic and Black, non-Hispanic data for 2003 exclude persons identifying themselves as mult-racial.

NOTE: Excludes persons still enrolled in high school. Data are based on sample surveys of the civilian noninstitutionalized population. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Standard errors appear in parentheses. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. CPS estimates of GED completion differ considerably from those produced by the GED testing service.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 2000 through October 2003, unpublished tabulations. (This table was prepared March 2005.)