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Digest of Education Statistics: 2015
Digest of Education Statistics: 2015

NCES 2016-014
December 2016


Table 504.10. Labor force status of 2012, 2013, and 2014 high school completers, by college enrollment status, sex, and race/ethnicity: October 2012, 2013, and 2014
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
College enrollment status, sex, and race/ethnicity Total number of high school completers (in thousands) Percent of high school completers Percentage distribution of all high school completers Labor force participation rate of all high school completers1 High school completers in civilian labor force2 High school completers not in labor force (in thousands)
Separately for those enrolled in college vs. those not enrolled For all high school completers Employed Unemployed (seeking employment) Not in labor force Number (in thousands) Unemploy-
ment rate
Total, all completers in labor force Employed Unemployed (seeking employment)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
                                                     
2012 high school completers3                                                    
Total 3,203 (96.2) (†) 100.0 (†) 36.3 (1.53) 12.6   (1.15) 51.2 (1.61) 48.8 (1.61) 1,563 (67.9) 1,161 (57.7) 402 (38.9) 25.7   (2.13) 1,639 (73.1)
Male 1,622 (70.1) (†) 50.6 (1.25) 33.7 (2.21) 14.5   (1.75) 51.8 (2.29) 48.2 (2.29) 783 (49.3) 547 (42.8) 235 (29.5) 30.0   (3.29) 840 (52.7)
Female 1,581 (54.0) (†) 49.4 (1.25) 38.8 (1.92) 10.6   (1.29) 50.6 (2.16) 49.4 (2.16) 781 (42.2) 614 (36.0) 167 (21.1) 21.4   (2.31) 800 (44.7)
                                                     
White 1,820 (62.8) (†) 56.8 (1.52) 42.5 (2.07) 10.9   (1.31) 46.6 (2.02) 53.4 (2.02) 971 (49.9) 774 (46.1) 198 (24.8) 20.3   (2.35) 849 (46.7)
Black 413 (33.9) (†) 12.9 (0.98) 26.4 (4.59) 23.2   (4.11) 50.4 (4.88) 49.6 (4.88) 205 (26.1) 109 (19.8) 96 (19.3) 46.8   (7.23) 208 (26.4)
Hispanic 697 (54.9) (†) 21.8 (1.41) 32.1 (3.10) 10.2   (2.13) 57.6 (3.29) 42.4 (3.29) 296 (28.7) 224 (25.2) (†) 24.2   (4.60) 402 (42.7)
                                                     
Enrolled in college, 2012 2,121 (76.4) 100.0 (†) 66.2 (1.59) 31.5 (1.66) 6.8   (0.92) 61.8 (1.84) 38.2 (1.84) 811 (46.7) 667 (41.0) 143 (20.0) 17.7   (2.18) 1,310 (63.9)
Male 994 (53.3) 46.9 (1.66) 31.0 (1.31) 27.4 (2.39) 7.0   (1.37) 65.6 (2.58) 34.4 (2.58) 342 (29.7) 272 (27.0) (†) 20.4   (3.65) 652 (45.6)
Female 1,127 (49.9) 53.1 (1.66) 35.2 (1.41) 35.1 (2.19) 6.5   (1.20) 58.4 (2.43) 41.6 (2.43) 469 (32.6) 395 (29.0) (†) 15.7   (2.60) 658 (42.0)
                                                     
2-year 921 (57.7) 43.4 (2.07) 28.8 (1.57) 39.9 (3.10) 8.0   (1.57) 52.1 (3.22) 47.9 (3.22) 441 (35.2) 367 (32.0) (†) 16.7   (3.09) 480 (47.1)
4-year 1,200 (58.3) 56.6 (2.07) 37.5 (1.60) 25.0 (1.92) 5.8   (1.14) 69.2 (2.17) 30.8 (2.17) 370 (31.8) 300 (27.6) (†) 18.8   (3.32) 830 (47.5)
                                                     
Full-time students 1,863 (71.3) 87.8 (1.31) 58.2 (1.61) 28.1 (1.74) 5.8   (0.87) 66.1 (1.89) 33.9 (1.89) 632 (41.6) 523 (36.6) 109 (16.8) 17.2   (2.34) 1,231 (60.3)
Part-time students 258 (29.7) 12.2 (1.31) 8.1 (0.90) 55.9 (5.63) 13.4   (3.98) 30.8 (5.73) 69.2 (5.73) 179 (25.8) 144 (22.3) (†) 19.3   (5.36) (†)
                                                     
White 1,196 (52.7) 56.4 (1.88) 37.3 (1.50) 35.0 (2.32) 6.6   (1.16) 58.3 (2.46) 41.7 (2.46) 498 (35.5) 419 (32.1) 79 (14.3) 15.9   (2.61) 698 (44.0)
Black 233 (30.4) 11.0 (1.38) 7.3 (0.93) 24.4 (5.79) 10.8 ! (4.25) 64.7 (6.27) 35.3 (6.27) (†) (†) (†)   (†) 151 (24.1)
Hispanic 490 (43.3) 23.1 (1.71) 15.3 (1.16) 31.7 (3.98) 4.7 ! (1.83) 63.6 (4.00) 36.4 (4.00) 178 (22.7) 155 (22.0) (†) 12.9 ! (4.91) 312 (36.1)
                                                     
Not enrolled in college, 2012 1,082 (63.3) 100.0 (†) 33.8 (1.59) 45.7 (2.52) 23.9   (2.62) 30.4 (2.69) 69.6 (2.69) 753 (53.4) 494 (40.9) 259 (31.4) 34.4   (3.24) 329 (34.5)
Male 628 (45.9) 58.1 (2.47) 19.6 (1.22) 43.8 (3.64) 26.3   (3.63) 29.8 (3.64) 70.2 (3.64) 441 (39.1) 275 (31.1) 166 (25.0) 37.5   (4.55) 187 (27.0)
Female 454 (37.3) 41.9 (2.47) 14.2 (1.09) 48.2 (3.92) 20.5   (3.35) 31.3 (3.78) 68.7 (3.78) 312 (29.8) 219 (25.1) 93 (16.5) 29.9   (4.50) 142 (21.3)
                                                     
White 624 (42.3) 57.7 (2.63) 19.5 (1.21) 56.9 (3.29) 18.9   (2.69) 24.2 (3.11) 75.8 (3.11) 473 (39.3) 355 (34.3) 118 (17.9) 25.0   (3.32) 151 (20.9)
Black 180 (22.0) 16.6 (1.84) 5.6 (0.66) 28.8 (6.82) 39.2   (7.43) 31.9 (7.23) 68.1 (7.23) 122 (19.9) (†) (†) 57.6   (9.06) (†)
Hispanic 207 (28.4) 19.1 (2.25) 6.5 (0.85) 33.2 (6.32) 23.4   (5.69) 43.4 (5.64) 56.6 (5.64) 117 (18.0) (†) (†) 41.4   (9.35) 90 (18.2)
                                                     
2013 high school completers3                                                    
Total 2,977 (84.4) (†) 100.0 (†) 35.4 (1.58) 12.3   (1.25) 52.2 (1.64) 47.8 (1.64) 1,422 (69.5) 1,054 (60.7) 367 (39.0) 25.8   (2.38) 1,556 (58.3)
Male 1,524 (62.9) (†) 51.2 (1.43) 35.5 (2.24) 14.5   (1.80) 50.0 (2.46) 50.0 (2.46) 763 (49.7) 542 (40.6) 221 (29.4) 29.0   (3.16) 762 (48.0)
Female 1,453 (57.0) (†) 48.8 (1.43) 35.3 (2.41) 10.1   (1.49) 54.6 (2.43) 45.4 (2.43) 659 (46.4) 513 (42.7) 146 (22.3) 22.2   (3.13) 794 (43.8)
                                                     
White 1,737 (63.0) (†) 58.3 (1.61) 39.0 (2.08) 11.2   (1.63) 49.8 (2.15) 50.2 (2.15) 872 (51.7) 677 (44.7) 195 (29.8) 22.4   (2.97) 865 (45.7)
Black 378 (36.2) (†) 12.7 (1.13) 33.6 (5.31) 14.8   (3.39) 51.7 (5.48) 48.3 (5.48) 183 (27.2) 127 (23.5) (†) 30.6   (6.64) 195 (27.7)
Hispanic 571 (42.6) (†) 19.2 (1.32) 31.1 (3.71) 14.3   (2.81) 54.6 (4.00) 45.4 (4.00) 260 (30.4) 178 (25.3) (†) 31.5   (5.53) 312 (32.4)
                                                     
Enrolled in college, 2013 1,962 (74.1) 100.0 (†) 65.9 (1.58) 27.2 (1.86) 6.9   (1.11) 65.9 (1.86) 34.1 (1.86) 669 (47.1) 534 (43.0) 135 (22.8) 20.2   (3.11) 1,293 (56.7)
Male 968 (53.9) 49.4 (1.90) 32.5 (1.48) 24.4 (2.71) 9.3   (1.90) 66.3 (3.01) 33.7 (3.01) 326 (34.7) 236 (28.7) 90 (19.5) 27.5   (4.99) 642 (45.6)
Female 994 (51.0) 50.6 (1.90) 33.4 (1.48) 29.9 (2.62) 4.6   (1.23) 65.5 (2.61) 34.5 (2.61) 343 (31.9) 297 (30.3) (†) 13.2   (3.47) 651 (41.3)
                                                     
2-year 709 (48.8) 36.1 (2.07) 23.8 (1.44) 33.8 (3.35) 11.4   (2.40) 54.8 (3.62) 45.2 (3.62) 320 (36.3) 240 (30.5) (†) 25.2   (4.79) 389 (33.9)
4-year 1,253 (62.3) 63.9 (2.07) 42.1 (1.76) 23.5 (2.17) 4.3   (1.07) 72.2 (2.24) 27.8 (2.24) 348 (33.8) 294 (31.3) (†) 15.6   (3.66) 904 (51.5)
                                                     
Full-time students 1,820 (70.6) 92.8 (1.11) 61.1 (1.60) 25.1 (1.82) 5.9   (1.12) 69.0 (1.94) 31.0 (1.94) 564 (44.7) 458 (38.9) 107 (21.4) 18.9   (3.32) 1,256 (54.6)
Part-time students 141 (22.8) 7.2 (1.11) 4.8 (0.75) 53.7 (7.40) 20.1   (5.38) 26.2 (6.13) 73.8 (6.13) 104 (19.8) 76 (16.5) (†) 27.2   (7.29) (†)
                                                     
White 1,196 (52.8) 60.9 (2.02) 40.2 (1.52) 30.9 (2.36) 5.6   (1.47) 63.5 (2.38) 36.5 (2.38) 436 (33.8) 369 (32.0) (†) 15.4   (3.84) 759 (44.5)
Black 215 (29.5) 10.9 (1.38) 7.2 (0.95) 24.5 (7.01) 7.8 ! (3.43) 67.6 (7.27) 32.4 (7.27) (†) (†) (†)   (†) 145 (24.9)
Hispanic 342 (35.3) 17.4 (1.61) 11.5 (1.12) 22.3 (3.85) 11.1   (3.17) 66.7 (4.52) 33.3 (4.52) 114 (19.6) (†) (†) 33.2   (7.94) 228 (28.0)
                                                     
Not enrolled in college, 2013 1,016 (54.1) 100.0 (†) 34.1 (1.58) 51.3 (3.14) 22.9   (2.84) 25.8 (2.90) 74.2 (2.90) 753 (51.3) 521 (43.2) 232 (31.5) 30.9   (3.53) 262 (31.6)
Male 556 (39.2) 54.8 (2.55) 18.7 (1.22) 54.9 (3.73) 23.6   (3.60) 21.5 (3.43) 78.5 (3.43) 437 (34.6) 305 (27.9) 131 (22.3) 30.1   (4.18) 119 (21.3)
Female 459 (35.8) 45.2 (2.55) 15.4 (1.13) 46.9 (4.79) 22.0   (3.77) 31.2 (4.56) 68.8 (4.56) 316 (33.1) 215 (28.7) 101 (18.7) 31.9   (5.18) 143 (23.3)
                                                     
White 542 (39.1) 53.3 (2.80) 18.2 (1.24) 56.9 (3.88) 23.7   (3.62) 19.4 (3.27) 80.6 (3.27) 436 (39.1) 308 (32.3) 128 (22.2) 29.4   (4.21) 105 (17.8)
Black 164 (26.1) 16.1 (2.32) 5.5 (0.86) 45.4 (8.24) 23.9   (6.59) 30.7 (7.76) 69.3 (7.76) 114 (22.4) (†) (†) 34.5   (9.08) (†)
Hispanic 229 (24.8) 22.6 (2.22) 7.7 (0.82) 44.3 (6.65) 19.2   (5.20) 36.5 (6.68) 63.5 (6.68) 146 (21.4) 102 (18.6) (†) 30.2   (7.57) (†)
                                                     
2014 high school completers3                                                    
Total 2,868 (78.5) (†) 100.0 (†) 38.5 (1.84) 10.4   (0.99) 51.1 (1.87) 48.9 (1.87) 1,403 (62.2) 1,105 (57.7) 298 (29.5) 21.2   (1.95) 1,465 (70.6)
Male 1,423 (58.1) (†) 49.6 (1.48) 39.9 (2.56) 10.7   (1.47) 49.5 (2.48) 50.5 (2.48) 719 (44.7) 568 (42.8) 152 (21.4) 21.1   (2.85) 704 (46.6)
Female 1,445 (57.5) (†) 50.4 (1.48) 37.2 (2.37) 10.1   (1.28) 52.7 (2.61) 47.3 (2.61) 684 (44.0) 538 (38.7) 146 (19.1) 21.4   (2.45) 761 (50.9)
                                                     
White 1,685 (64.8) (†) 58.8 (1.73) 40.3 (2.29) 9.9   (1.25) 49.8 (2.30) 50.2 (2.30) 845 (48.3) 679 (45.1) 166 (21.7) 19.7   (2.40) 840 (52.7)
Black 340 (32.9) (†) 11.9 (1.08) 30.9 (4.97) 10.7   (3.20) 58.3 (5.41) 41.7 (5.41) 142 (20.7) 105 (18.8) (†) 25.8   (6.85) 198 (28.8)
Hispanic 566 (46.9) (†) 19.8 (1.49) 40.8 (4.60) 13.2   (2.62) 46.0 (4.65) 54.0 (4.65) 306 (32.3) 231 (28.8) (†) 24.5   (4.68) 260 (37.5)
                                                     
Enrolled in college, 2014 1,961 (71.4) 100.0 (†) 68.4 (1.67) 32.4 (2.14) 5.5   (0.89) 62.1 (2.19) 37.9 (2.19) 744 (46.6) 636 (45.0) 108 (17.6) 14.5   (2.28) 1,217 (66.8)
Male 911 (48.0) 46.5 (1.81) 31.8 (1.41) 32.9 (3.01) 3.2 ! (1.09) 63.9 (3.02) 36.1 (3.02) 329 (31.0) 300 (30.9) (†) 8.9 ! (2.96) 582 (43.2)
Female 1,050 (53.0) 53.5 (1.81) 36.6 (1.59) 32.0 (2.70) 7.5   (1.41) 60.5 (3.03) 39.5 (3.03) 415 (35.3) 336 (30.9) (†) 18.9   (3.16) 635 (48.4)
                                                     
2-year 706 (50.8) 36.0 (2.12) 24.6 (1.56) 41.2 (3.63) 7.9   (1.75) 50.9 (3.88) 49.1 (3.88) 347 (34.2) 291 (31.7) (†) 16.1   (3.31) 359 (40.4)
4-year 1,254 (58.8) 64.0 (2.12) 43.7 (1.81) 27.5 (2.42) 4.1   (1.09) 68.4 (2.47) 31.6 (2.47) 397 (33.6) 345 (32.9) (†) 13.0   (3.35) 858 (54.8)
                                                     
Full-time students 1,810 (69.2) 92.3 (1.21) 63.1 (1.70) 29.7 (2.15) 5.1   (0.94) 65.2 (2.22) 34.8 (2.22) 630 (42.7) 537 (41.4) (†) 14.8   (2.59) 1,180 (65.9)
Part-time students 151 (24.6) 7.7 (1.21) 5.3 (0.85) 65.6 (6.92) 9.6 ! (3.95) 24.8 (6.28) 75.2 (6.28) 113 (20.3) 99 (18.3) (†) 12.8 ! (5.22) (†)
                                                     
White 1,141 (57.9) 58.2 (2.15) 39.8 (1.79) 34.2 (2.69) 3.7   (1.00) 62.1 (2.70) 37.9 (2.70) 432 (34.8) 390 (34.3) (†) 9.8   (2.58) 708 (51.0)
Black 239 (29.6) 12.2 (1.43) 8.3 (0.99) 19.3 (5.12) 10.9 ! (3.71) 69.8 (6.11) 30.2 (6.11) (†) (†) (†)   (†) 167 (26.3)
Hispanic 369 (41.3) 18.8 (1.93) 12.9 (1.37) 41.3 (5.65) 7.8 ! (2.43) 50.8 (5.46) 49.2 (5.46) 181 (25.6) 153 (25.0) (†) 15.9 ! (5.04) 188 (31.8)
                                                     
Not enrolled in college, 2014 907 (54.3) 100.0 (†) 31.6 (1.67) 51.7 (2.97) 21.0   (2.41) 27.3 (2.78) 72.7 (2.78) 659 (46.8) 469 (39.6) 190 (24.0) 28.8   (3.10) 248 (29.2)
Male 512 (40.2) 56.4 (3.34) 17.8 (1.31) 52.3 (3.88) 23.9   (3.34) 23.8 (3.44) 76.2 (3.44) 390 (33.8) 268 (28.8) 122 (18.7) 31.4   (4.11) 122 (20.8)
Female 395 (40.4) 43.6 (3.34) 13.8 (1.35) 50.9 (4.76) 17.1   (3.47) 32.0 (4.33) 68.0 (4.33) 269 (32.3) 201 (30.1) (†) 25.1   (4.91) 126 (21.3)
                                                     
White 544 (43.2) 60.0 (2.76) 19.0 (1.41) 53.1 (3.81) 22.8   (3.03) 24.1 (3.31) 75.9 (3.31) 413 (37.7) 289 (31.5) 124 (18.8) 30.0   (3.84) 131 (20.4)
Black 101 (16.6) 11.2 (1.80) 3.5 (0.58) 58.3 (9.62)   (†) 31.4 (9.15) 68.6 (9.15) (†) (†) (†)   (†) (†)
Hispanic 197 (25.8) 21.8 (2.61) 6.9 (0.87) 39.8 (6.98) 23.3   (5.83) 36.9 (6.72) 63.1 (6.72) 124 (20.0) (†) (†) 36.9   (8.55) (†)
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡Reporting standards not met (too few cases for a reliable estimate).
1 The labor force participation rate is the percentage of persons who are 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. Includes recipients of equivalency credentials as well as diploma recipients.
NOTE: 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. Standard errors were computed using replicate weights. Totals include race categories not separately shown. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 2012, 2013, and 2014. (This table was prepared January 2016.)