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

NCES 2006-005
October 2005


Table 381. Labor force status of high school dropouts, by sex and race/ethnicity: Selected years, 1980 to 2004

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               |                   |          Dropouts in civilian labor force\1\  |        Dropouts not
               |     Dropouts      |_______________________________________________|       in labor force
Year, sex,     |___________________|          |       Labor|      Unemployed       |_______________________
and race or    |          |        |          |       force|_______________________|Number (in|     Percent
ethnicity      |Number (in| Percent|Number (in|   particip-|Number (in|   Unemploy-|thousands)|    of popu-
               |thousands)|of total|thousands)|   tion rate|thousands)|   ment rate|          |      lation
_______________|__________|________|__________|____________|__________|____________|__________|____________
1              |        2 |      3 |        4 |          5 |        6 |          7 |        8 |           9
_______________|__________|________|__________|____________|__________|____________|__________|____________
All            |          |        |          |            |          |            |          |
   dropouts\2\ |          |        |          |            |          |            |          |
1980 ..........|       739|   100.0|       471| 63.7 (2.44)|       149| 31.6 (2.96)|       268|36.3   (2.44)
1985 ..........|       612|   100.0|       413| 67.5 (2.75)|       147| 35.6 (3.42)|       199|32.5   (2.75)
1990 ..........|       405|   100.0|       280| 69.0 (3.52)|        90| 32.3 (4.28)|       125|31.0   (3.52)
1995 ..........|       604|   100.0|       409| 67.7 (2.93)|       121| 29.6 (3.47)|       195|32.3   (2.93)
1996 ..........|       496|   100.0|       289| 58.4 (3.53)|        80| 27.6 (4.19)|       206|41.6   (3.53)
1997 ..........|       502|   100.0|       302| 60.2 (3.49)|        77| 25.4 (4.00)|       200|39.8   (3.49)
1998 ..........|       505|   100.0|       308| 60.9 (3.46)|        87| 28.2 (4.09)|       197|39.1   (3.46)
1999 ..........|       524|   100.0|       300| 57.3 (3.45)|        78| 26.1 (4.05)|       224|42.7   (3.45)
2000 ..........|       515|   100.0|       350| 68.0 (3.28)|        99| 28.1 (3.83)|       165|32.0   (3.28)
2001 ..........|       506|   100.0|       324| 64.0 (3.40)|       116| 35.9 (4.25)|       182|36.0   (3.40)
2002 ..........|       401|   100.0|       271| 67.7 (3.73)|        81| 29.8 (4.43)|       129|32.3   (3.73)
2003 ..........|       457|   100.0|       271| 59.3 (3.98)|        84| 30.8 (4.86)|       186|40.7   (3.98)
2004 ..........|       496|   100.0|       267| 53.7 (3.88)|       106| 39.9 (5.20)|       229|46.3   (3.88)
               |          |        |          |            |          |            |          |
Male           |          |        |          |            |          |            |          |
1980 ..........|       422|    57.1|       305| 72.3 (3.01)|        93| 30.5 (3.64)|       117|27.7   (3.01)
1985 ..........|       321|    52.5|       261| 81.3 (3.16)|        98| 37.5 (4.36)|        60|18.7   (3.16)
1990 ..........|       215|    53.1|       173| 80.2 (4.16)|        63| 36.2 (5.59)|        42|19.8   (4.16)
1995 ..........|       339|    56.1|       251| 74.0 (3.66)|        72| 28.7 (4.39)|        88|26.0   (3.66)
2000 ..........|       295|    57.3|       220| 74.4 (4.05)|        54| 24.5 (4.63)|        76|25.6   (4.05)
2001 ..........|       298|    58.9|       198| 66.5 (4.36)|        68| 34.2 (5.38)|       100|33.5   (4.36)
2002 ..........|       214|    53.4|       149| 69.5 (5.02)|        35| 23.4 (5.53)|        65|30.5   (5.02)
2003 ..........|       242|    53.0|       159| 65.6 (6.53)|        53| 33.2 (6.47)|        83|34.4   (5.29)
2004 ..........|       278|    56.0|       166| 59.9 (6.59)|        67| 40.4 (6.60)|       112|40.1   (5.10)
               |          |        |          |            |          |            |          |
Female         |          |        |          |            |          |            |          |
1980 ..........|       317|    42.9|       166| 52.4 (3.88)|        56| 33.7 (5.07)|       151|47.6   (3.88)
1985 ..........|       291|    47.5|       152| 52.2 (4.26)|        49| 32.2 (5.51)|       139|47.8   (4.26)
1990 ..........|       190|    46.9|       107| 56.3 (5.51)|        28| 26.1 (6.49)|        83|43.7   (5.51)
1995 ..........|       265|    43.9|       157| 59.5 (4.64)|        49| 30.9 (5.67)|       107|40.5   (4.64)
2000 ..........|       220|    42.7|       131| 59.4 (5.28)|        45| 34.2 (6.61)|        90|40.6   (5.28)
2001 ..........|       207|    40.9|       126| 60.6 (5.42)|        48| 38.6 (6.92)|        82|39.4   (5.42)
2002 ..........|       187|    46.6|       122| 65.6 (5.54)|        46| 37.6 (7.00)|        64|34.4   (5.54)
2003 ..........|       215|    47.0|       112| 52.1 (5.91)|        31| 27.6 (7.32)|       103|47.9   (5.91)
2004 ..........|       218|    44.0|       100| 45.9 (5.85)|        39| 38.9 (8.45)|       118|54.1   (5.85)
               |          |        |          |            |          |            |          |
White\3\       |          |        |          |            |          |            |          |
1980 ..........|       580|    78.5|       392| 67.6 (2.69)|       106| 27.0 (3.10)|       188|32.4   (2.69)
1985 ..........|       458|    74.8|       330| 72.1 (3.05)|       116| 35.2 (3.82)|       128|27.9   (3.05)
1990 ..........|       303|    74.8|       211| 69.8 (4.03)|        56| 26.3 (4.64)|        92|30.2   (4.03)
1995 ..........|       448|    74.2|       312| 69.8 (3.34)|        85| 27.2 (3.88)|       135|30.2   (3.34)
2000 ..........|       384|    74.6|       280| 73.0 (3.61)|        70| 24.9 (4.12)|       104|27.0   (3.61)
2001 ..........|       401|    79.2|       273| 68.1 (3.71)|        89| 32.4 (4.52)|       128|31.9   (3.71)
2002 ..........|       281|    70.1|       188| 67.0 (4.47)|        48| 25.6 (5.08)|        93|33.0   (4.47)
2003 ..........|       336|    73.5|       215| 64.0 (4.54)|        58| 27.1 (5.25)|       121|36.0   (4.54)
2004 ..........|       370|    74.6|       196| 53.0 (4.50)|        56| 28.8 (5.61)|       174|47.0   (4.50)
               |          |        |          |            |          |            |          |
Black\3\       |          |        |          |            |          |            |          |
1980 ..........|       146|    19.8|        73| 50.0 (6.15)|        40|   ‡        |        73|50.0   (6.15)
1985 ..........|       132|    21.6|        69| 52.3 (6.80)|        30|   ‡        |        63|47.7   (6.80)
1990 ..........|        86|    21.2|        56| 65.3 (8.45)|        30|   ‡        |        30|34.7   (8.45)
1995 ..........|       109|    18.0|        66| 61.0 (7.74)|        27|   ‡        |        42|39.0   (7.74)
2000 ..........|       111|    21.5|        58| 51.9 (8.14)|        27|   ‡        |        53|48.1   (8.14)
2001 ..........|        85|    16.8|        42| 49.9 (9.31)|        21|   ‡        |        43|50.1   (9.31)
2002 ..........|        79|    19.7|        55| 69.8 (8.87)|        27|   ‡        |        24|30.2   (8.87)
2003 ..........|        88|    19.3|        42| 47.8 (9.67)|        19|   ‡        |        46|52.2   (9.67)
2004 ..........|        91|    18.3|        50| 54.4 (9.48)|        39|   ‡        |        42|45.6   (9.48)
               |          |        |          |            |          |            |          |
Hispanic\4\    |          |        |          |            |          |            |          |
1980 ..........|        91|    12.3|        60| 65.9 (7.34)|        17|   ‡        |        31|34.1   (7.34)
1985 ..........|       106|    17.3|        73| 68.9 (7.79)|        33|   ‡        |        33|31.1   (7.79)
1990 ..........|        67|    16.5|        32|   ‡        |        10|   ‡        |        35|  ‡          (†)
1995 ..........|       174|    28.8|       119| 68.6 (6.66)|        35| 29.3 (7.90)|        55|31.4   (6.66)
2000 ..........|       101|    19.6|        62| 61.1 (9.58)|        22|   ‡        |        39|38.9   (9.58)
2001 ..........|       119|    23.5|        84| 70.6 (8.24)|        27| 32.6(10.10)|        35|29.4   (8.24)
2002 ..........|        94|    23.4|        62| 66.5 (9.61)|        23|   ‡        |        31|33.5   (9.61)
2003 ..........|       124|    27.1|        68| 54.5 (8.12)|        17|   ‡        |        57|45.5   (8.12)
2004 ..........|       154|    31.0|        87| 56.8 (7.25)|        27| 30.7 (8.98)|        67|43.2   (7.25)
_______________|__________|________|__________|____________|__________|____________|__________|____

‡Reporting standards not met.
†Not applicable.
\1\The labor force includes all employed persons plus those seeking employment. The labor force participation rate is the percentage of persons either employed or seeking employment. The unemployment rate is the percent of persons in the labor force who are seeking employment.
\2\Persons 16 to 24 years old who dropped out of school in the 12-month period ending in October of years shown.
\3\Includes persons of Hispanic origin.
\4\Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race.

NOTE: Data are based upon sample surveys of the civilian noninstitutional population. Includes dropouts from any grade, including a small number from elementary and middle schools. Even though the standard errors are large, smaller estimates are shown to permit users to combine categories in various ways. Detail for the above race and Hispanic-origin groups will not sum to totals because data for the "other races" group are not presented and Hispanics are included in both the White and Black population groups. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Standard errors appear in parentheses. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, College Enrollment and Work Activity of High School Graduates, various years. Retrieved April 26, 2005, from http://www.bls.gov/schedule/archives/all_nr.htm#HSGEC. (This table was prepared April 2005.)