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Table 388. College enrollment and labor force status of 2005, 2006, and 2007 high school completers, by sex and race/ethnicity: 2005, 2006, and 2007
Selected characteristic Civilian noninstitutional population Percentage distribution of population Labor force participation rate of population1  Civilian labor force2  Population not
in labor force
(in thousands)
Number
(in thousands)
Percent Percent of
high school completers
Employed Unemployed (seeking employment) Not in
labor force
Number (in thousands) Unemployment rate
Total Employed Unemployed (seeking employment)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
2005 high school completers3                                                 
Total 2,675 (107.8) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 49.3 (1.69) 7.8 (0.91) 42.8 (1.30) 57.2 (1.68) 1,529 (68.2) 1,320 (63.4) 209 (25.4) 13.7 (1.55) 1,146 (45.7)
Male 1,262 (74.2) 47.2 (2.09) 47.2 (2.09) 51.7 (2.42) 7.8 (1.30) 40.5 (2.38) 59.5 (2.38) 751 (47.0) 652 (43.9) 99 (17.1) 13.1 (2.12) 511 (38.9)
Female 1,414 (78.2) 52.9 (2.09) 52.9 (2.09) 47.2 (2.21) 7.8 (1.19) 44.9 (2.21) 55.0 (2.21) 778 (46.3) 668 (42.9) 110 (17.5) 14.2 (2.09) 635 (41.9)
                                                 
White 1,799 (88.9) 67.3 (1.96) 67.3 (1.96) 51.7 (2.06) 6.0 (0.98) 42.3 (1.58) 57.7 (2.04) 1,037 (56.3) 930 (53.3) 107 (18.2) 10.3 (1.66) 762 (37.3)
Black 345 (46.6) 12.9 (1.68) 12.9 (1.68) 40.8 (4.92) 14.5 (3.53) 44.7 (4.98) 55.3 (4.98) 191 (25.6) 141 (22.0) 50 (13.1) 26.2 (5.92) 154 (23.0)
Hispanic 390 (64.4) 14.6 (2.30) 14.6 (2.30) 49.4 (4.71) 11.2 (2.97) 39.4 (4.60) 60.6 (4.60) 237 (28.4) 193 (25.7) 44 (12.3) 18.5 (4.70) 154 (22.9)
                                                 
Enrolled in college, 2005 1,834 (60.9) 100.0 (†) 68.6 (1.31) 43.4 (2.03) 4.0 (0.80) 52.6 (1.58) 47.4 (2.04) 869 (51.5) 795 (49.3) 73 (15.0) 8.4 (1.66) 965 (42.0)
Male 839 (41.3) 45.7 (1.70) 31.4 (1.31) 43.4 (2.95) 5.0 (1.30) 51.6 (2.97) 48.4 (2.97) 406 (34.7) 364 (32.8) 42 (11.2) 10.3 (2.61) 433 (35.8)
Female 995 (44.8) 54.3 (1.70) 37.2 (1.36) 43.3 (2.62) 3.1 (0.92) 53.6 (2.64) 46.5 (2.64) 463 (35.8) 431 (34.5) 31 (9.3) 6.8 (1.95) 533 (38.4)
                                                 
2-year 642 (36.7) 35.0 (1.63) 24.0 (1.21) 54.5 (3.44) 6.7 (1.74) 38.8 (2.60) 61.3 (3.37) 393 (34.7) 350 (32.7) 43 (11.5) 11.0 (2.78) 249 (21.4)
4-year 1,192 (49.6) 65.0 (1.63) 44.6 (1.40) 37.4 (2.46) 2.5 (0.80) 60.2 (1.92) 39.9 (2.48) 475 (38.1) 445 (36.9) 30 (9.6) 6.3 (1.96) 717 (36.2)
                                                 
Full-time students 1,672 (58.3) 91.2 (0.97) 62.5 (1.37) 40.4 (2.10) 3.9 (0.83) 55.7 (1.64) 44.3 (2.13) 741 (47.6) 676 (45.5) 65 (14.2) 8.7 (1.82) 931 (41.2)
Part-time students 162 (18.5) 8.8 (0.97) 6.1 (0.67) 73.8 (6.05) 4.9 (3.00) 21.0 (4.33) 79.0 (5.60) 128 (19.8) 120 (19.2) 8 (5.0) 6.6 (3.85) 34 (7.9)
                                                 
White 1,317 (51.7) 71.8 (1.53) 49.2 (1.41) 45.3 (2.40) 3.7 (0.91) 51.1 (1.87) 48.9 (2.41) 644 (44.4) 596 (42.7) 48 (12.2) 7.5 (1.82) 672 (35.1)
Black 192 (21.1) 10.5 (1.11) 7.2 (0.77) 33.0 (6.31) 7.2 (3.46) 59.8 (6.58) 40.2 (6.58) 77 (16.3) 63 (14.8) 14 (6.9) 17.8 (8.10) 115 (19.9)
Hispanic 211 (23.6) 11.5 (1.23) 7.9 (0.86) 43.1 (6.34) 2.6 (2.06) 54.3 (6.38) 45.7 (6.38) 96 (18.2) 91 (17.7) 6 (4.4) 5.8 (4.43) 114 (19.8)
                                                 
Not enrolled in college, 2005 841 (41.8) 100.0 (†) 31.4 (1.31) 62.4 (2.93) 16.2 (2.23) 21.5 (1.92) 78.5 (2.48) 660 (44.9) 525 (40.1) 136 (20.5) 20.6 (2.77) 181 (18.2)
Male 423 (29.7) 50.3 (2.52) 15.8 (1.03) 68.2 (3.90) 13.5 (2.86) 18.4 (3.25) 81.6 (3.25) 345 (32.0) 288 (29.2) 57 (13.0) 16.4 (3.44) 78 (15.2)
Female 418 (29.5) 49.7 (2.52) 15.6 (1.02) 56.5 (4.04) 18.9 (3.19) 24.6 (3.52) 75.4 (3.52) 315 (29.6) 236 (25.6) 79 (14.8) 25.1 (4.07) 103 (16.9)
                                                 
White 482 (31.8) 57.3 (2.49) 18.0 (1.09) 69.2 (3.68) 12.3 (2.63) 18.5 (2.39) 81.5 (3.10) 393 (34.7) 334 (32.0) 59 (13.5) 15.0 (3.17) 89 (12.8)
Black 153 (18.9) 18.2 (2.06) 5.7 (0.70) 50.6 (7.52) 23.8 (6.40) 25.7 (6.57) 74.3 (6.57) 114 (19.8) 77 (16.3) 36 (11.2) 32.0 (8.14) 39 (11.6)
Hispanic 179 (21.9) 21.3 (2.34) 6.7 (0.80) 56.9 (6.87) 21.3 (5.68) 21.8 (5.73) 78.2 (5.73) 140 (21.9) 102 (18.7) 38 (11.5) 27.3 (6.99) 39 (11.6)
                                                 
2006 high school completers3                                                 
Total 2,692 (108.2) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 46.2 (1.68) 9.0 (0.97) 44.8 (1.30) 55.2 (1.68) 1,484 (67.2) 1,244 (61.6) 241 (27.3) 16.2 (1.68) 1,207 (46.9)
Male 1,328 (76.1) 49.4 (2.09) 49.4 (2.09) 42.8 (2.34) 9.8 (1.41) 47.4 (2.36) 52.6 (2.36) 699 (45.4) 569 (41.0) 130 (19.7) 18.7 (2.54) 629 (43.1)
Female 1,363 (76.9) 50.6 (2.09) 50.6 (2.09) 49.5 (2.26) 8.1 (1.23) 42.4 (2.23) 57.6 (2.23) 785 (46.5) 675 (43.2) 111 (17.5) 14.1 (2.07) 578 (40.0)
                                                 
White 1,805 (88.3) 67.1 (1.96) 67.1 (1.96) 49.6 (2.06) 8.2 (1.14) 42.2 (1.57) 57.8 (2.04) 1,044 (56.4) 896 (52.3) 149 (21.4) 14.2 (1.90) 761 (37.3)
Black 318 (44.9) 11.8 (1.61) 11.8 (1.61) 29.7 (4.76) 18.2 (4.02) 52.1 (5.21) 47.9 (5.21) 153 (22.9) 95 (18.0) 58 (14.1) 38.0 (7.31) 166 (23.8)
Hispanic 382 (63.9) 14.2 (2.27) 14.2 (2.27) 48.9 (4.75) 7.8 (2.55) 43.3 (4.71) 56.7 (4.71) 217 (27.2) 187 (25.3) 30 (10.1) 13.8 (4.35) 166 (23.8)
                                                 
Enrolled in college, 2006 1,776 (60.0) 100.0 (†) 66.0 (1.33) 40.5 (2.04) 3.8 (0.80) 55.8 (1.60) 44.2 (2.06) 786 (49.0) 718 (46.9) 67 (14.4) 8.6 (1.76) 990 (42.5)
Male 875 (42.1) 49.2 (1.73) 32.5 (1.32) 35.1 (2.78) 3.8 (1.11) 61.1 (2.84) 38.9 (2.84) 340 (31.7) 307 (30.2) 33 (9.9) 9.7 (2.76) 535 (39.7)
Female 901 (42.7) 50.8 (1.73) 33.5 (1.33) 45.7 (2.77) 3.8 (1.06) 50.5 (2.78) 49.5 (2.78) 446 (35.1) 411 (33.8) 34 (9.8) 7.7 (2.11) 456 (35.5)
                                                 
2-year 665 (37.3) 37.4 (1.68) 24.7 (1.21) 52.5 (3.39) 6.9 (1.73) 40.6 (2.58) 59.4 (3.34) 395 (34.8) 349 (32.7) 46 (11.9) 11.6 (2.84) 270 (22.2)
4-year 1,111 (47.9) 62.6 (1.68) 41.3 (1.39) 33.2 (2.48) 1.9 (0.73) 64.8 (1.94) 35.2 (2.51) 391 (34.6) 369 (33.6) 21 (8.1) 5.5 (2.03) 720 (36.3)
                                                 
Full-time students 1,639 (57.8) 92.3 (0.93) 60.9 (1.37) 37.9 (2.10) 3.2 (0.77) 58.8 (1.65) 41.2 (2.13) 675 (45.4) 622 (43.6) 53 (12.8) 7.9 (1.82) 964 (41.9)
Part-time students 137 (17.1) 7.7 (0.93) 5.1 (0.62) 70.4 (6.82) 10.3 (4.57) 19.3 (4.56) 80.7 (5.89) 111 (18.4) 97 (17.2) 14 (6.6) 12.8 (5.58) 26 (7.0)
                                                 
White 1,237 (49.9) 69.6 (1.59) 46.0 (1.40) 43.4 (2.47) 2.9 (0.84) 53.7 (1.92) 46.3 (2.48) 573 (41.9) 536 (40.5) 36 (10.6) 6.3 (1.79) 664 (34.8)
Black 177 (20.3) 9.9 (1.10) 6.6 (0.74) 27.6 (6.25) 9.9 (4.19) 62.5 (6.77) 37.5 (6.77) 66 (15.1) 49 (13.0) 18 (7.8) (†) 110 (19.5)
Hispanic 222 (24.2) 12.5 (1.30) 8.2 (0.88) 40.6 (6.13) 4.5 (2.59) 54.9 (6.21) 45.1 (6.21) 100 (18.6) 90 (17.6) 10 (5.9) 10.0 (5.57) 122 (20.4)
                                                 
Not enrolled in college, 2006 916 (43.6) 100.0 (†) 34.0 (1.33) 57.3 (2.86) 19.0 (2.28) 23.7 (1.90) 76.3 (2.46) 699 (46.2) 525 (40.1) 174 (23.2) 24.9 (2.88) 217 (19.9)
Male 454 (30.7) 49.6 (2.41) 16.9 (1.05) 57.7 (4.00) 21.5 (3.32) 20.9 (3.29) 79.1 (3.29) 359 (32.6) 262 (27.8) 98 (17.0) 27.2 (4.04) 95 (16.8)
Female 462 (31.0) 50.4 (2.41) 17.2 (1.06) 57.0 (3.84) 16.5 (2.88) 26.5 (3.42) 73.5 (3.42) 340 (30.7) 263 (27.0) 76 (14.6) 22.4 (3.78) 122 (18.4)
                                                 
White 568 (34.4) 62.1 (2.34) 21.1 (1.15) 63.2 (3.54) 19.8 (2.94) 17.0 (2.14) 83.0 (2.76) 472 (38.0) 359 (33.2) 112 (18.6) 23.8 (3.45) 97 (13.3)
Black 142 (18.2) 15.5 (1.86) 5.3 (0.67) 32.4 (7.31) 28.6 (7.06) 39.1 (7.62) 60.9 (7.62) 86 (17.2) 46 (12.6) 40 (11.8) 46.9 (9.99) 55 (13.8)
Hispanic 161 (20.7) 17.6 (2.08) 6.0 (0.76) 60.2 (7.17) 12.4 (4.82) 27.4 (6.54) 72.6 (6.54) 117 (20.0) 97 (18.3) 20 (8.3) 17.0 (6.47) 44 (12.3)
                                                 
2007 high school completers3                                                 
Total 2,955 (113.0) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 44.2 (1.60) 7.6 (0.86) 48.2 (1.24) 51.8 (1.61) 1,531 (68.3) 1,307 (63.1) 224 (26.3) 14.7 (1.59) 1,424 (50.9)
Male 1,511 (80.7) 51.1 (1.99) 51.1 (1.99) 44.5 (2.20) 8.5 (1.23) 47.1 (2.21) 52.9 (2.21) 800 (48.5) 672 (44.5) 128 (19.5) 16.0 (2.23) 711 (45.8)
Female 1,444 (79.0) 48.9 (1.99) 48.9 (1.99) 44.0 (2.18) 6.7 (1.10) 49.4 (2.19) 50.6 (2.19) 731 (44.9) 635 (41.9) 96 (16.4) 13.2 (2.09) 713 (44.4)
                                                 
White 2,043 (93.4) 69.1 (1.84) 69.1 (1.84) 47.2 (1.93) 5.5 (0.89) 47.3 (1.50) 52.7 (1.93) 1,077 (57.3) 964 (54.2) 113 (18.7) 10.5 (1.64) 967 (42.0)
Black 416 (50.8) 14.1 (1.66) 14.1 (1.66) 36.2 (4.38) 18.4 (3.53) 45.4 (4.54) 54.6 (4.54) 227 (27.9) 151 (22.7) 77 (16.2) 33.7 (5.83) 189 (25.4)
Hispanic 355 (61.8) 12.0 (2.02) 12.0 (2.02) 37.6 (4.78) 6.6 (2.44) 55.8 (4.90) 44.2 (4.90) 157 (23.2) 134 (21.4) 23 (9.0) 14.9 (5.28) 198 (26.0)
                                                 
Enrolled in college, 2007 1,986 (63.3) 100.0 (†) 67.2 (1.26) 35.9 (1.89) 3.9 (0.76) 60.3 (1.49) 39.7 (1.92) 789 (49.1) 712 (46.7) 77 (15.4) 9.8 (1.86) 1,197 (46.7)
Male 999 (44.9) 50.3 (1.64) 33.8 (1.27) 35.9 (2.62) 2.8 (0.90) 61.2 (2.66) 38.8 (2.66) 387 (33.9) 359 (32.6) 28 (9.2) 7.3 (2.28) 612 (42.5)
Female 986 (44.6) 49.7 (1.64) 33.4 (1.27) 35.8 (2.55) 4.9 (1.15) 59.3 (2.61) 40.7 (2.61) 402 (33.4) 353 (31.3) 49 (11.6) 12.1 (2.72) 585 (40.2)
                                                 
2-year 711 (38.6) 35.8 (1.57) 24.1 (1.15) 49.0 (3.28) 5.7 (1.53) 45.3 (2.53) 54.7 (3.27) 389 (34.5) 349 (32.7) 41 (11.2) 10.4 (2.73) 322 (24.3)
4-year 1,274 (51.2) 64.2 (1.57) 43.1 (1.33) 28.5 (2.22) 2.9 (0.82) 68.6 (1.76) 31.4 (2.28) 400 (35.0) 363 (33.4) 36 (10.6) 9.1 (2.53) 875 (40.0)
                                                 
Full-time students 1,851 (61.2) 93.2 (0.82) 62.6 (1.30) 33.5 (1.92) 3.8 (0.78) 62.7 (1.52) 37.3 (1.97) 691 (46.0) 621 (43.6) 70 (14.8) 10.2 (2.02) 1,160 (46.0)
Part-time students 135 (16.9) 6.8 (0.82) 4.6 (0.56) 67.7 (7.05) 4.9 (3.28) 27.3 (5.19) 72.7 (6.72) 98 (17.3) 91 (16.7) 7 (4.5) 6.8 (4.47) 37 (8.2)
                                                 
White 1,421 (53.3) 71.5 (1.48) 48.1 (1.34) 37.2 (2.25) 3.7 (0.88) 59.2 (1.77) 40.8 (2.28) 580 (42.1) 528 (40.2) 52 (12.7) 9.0 (2.09) 841 (39.2)
Black 232 (23.1) 11.7 (1.12) 7.9 (0.77) 32.0 (5.69) 5.4 (2.76) 62.6 (5.90) 37.4 (5.90) 87 (17.3) 74 (16.0) 13 (6.6) 14.5 (7.02) 145 (22.3)
Hispanic 227 (24.5) 11.4 (1.18) 7.7 (0.81) 34.5 (5.86) 1.4 (1.46) 64.1 (5.92) 35.9 (5.92) 82 (16.8) 78 (16.4) 3 (3.3) 3.9 (4.01) 146 (22.4)
                                                 
Not enrolled in college, 2007 970 (44.9) 100.0 (†) 32.8 (1.26) 61.3 (2.74) 15.2 (2.03) 23.4 (1.84) 76.6 (2.38) 742 (47.6) 595 (42.7) 147 (21.4) 19.9 (2.58) 227 (20.4)
Male 512 (32.6) 52.8 (2.34) 17.3 (1.02) 61.1 (3.71) 19.5 (3.02) 19.4 (3.01) 80.6 (3.01) 413 (34.9) 313 (30.4) 100 (17.2) 24.1 (3.63) 99 (17.2)
Female 458 (30.8) 47.2 (2.34) 15.5 (0.97) 61.6 (3.79) 10.4 (2.38) 28.0 (3.50) 72.0 (3.50) 330 (30.2) 282 (28.0) 48 (11.5) 14.5 (3.23) 128 (18.9)
                                                 
White 623 (35.9) 64.2 (2.25) 21.1 (1.10) 70.0 (3.22) 9.7 (2.09) 20.2 (2.18) 79.8 (2.82) 497 (39.0) 436 (36.5) 61 (13.7) 12.2 (2.58) 126 (15.2)
Black 184 (20.7) 19.0 (1.96) 6.2 (0.69) 41.5 (6.75) 34.8 (6.52) 23.7 (5.82) 76.3 (5.82) 141 (22.0) 76 (16.2) 64 (14.9) 45.6 (7.81) 44 (12.3)
Hispanic 128 (18.6) 13.2 (1.80) 4.3 (0.62) 43.2 (8.14) 15.7 (5.98) 41.1 (8.08) 58.9 (8.08) 75 (16.1) 55 (13.8) 20 (8.3) 26.7 (9.47) 53 (13.5)
† Not applicable.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 The labor force participation rate is the percentage of persons either employed or seeking employment.
2 The labor force includes all employed persons plus those seeking employment. The unemployment rate is the percentage of per­sons in the labor force who are not working and who made specific efforts to find employment sometime during the prior 4 weeks.
3 Includes 16- to 24-year-olds who completed high school between October of the previous year and October of the given year.
NOTE: Enrollment data are for October of given year. Data are based on sample surveys of the civilian noninstitutional population. Percentages are only shown when the base is 75,000 or greater. Even though the standard errors are large, smaller estimates are shown to permit users to combine categories in various ways. Totals include race categories not separately shown. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 2005, 2006, and 2007. (This table was prepared August 2008.)

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