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Table 219.75. Percentage of high school dropouts among persons 16 to 24 years old (status dropout rate), by income level, and percentage distribution of status dropouts, by labor force status and years of school completed: 1970 through 2015
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Year Status dropout rate Status dropout rate,
by family income quartile
Percentage distribution of status dropouts,
by labor force status1
Percentage distribution of status dropouts, by
years of school completed
Lowest
quartile
Middle low
quartile
Middle high
quartile
Highest
quartile
Total In labor force Not in
labor force
Total Less than 9 years 9 years 10 years 11 or 12 years
Employed2 Unemployed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
1970 15.0 (0.30) 28.0 (0.94) 21.2 (0.66) 11.7 (0.51) 5.2 (0.34) 100.0 (†) 49.8 (1.08) 10.3 (0.66) 39.9 (1.06) 100.0 (†) 28.5 (0.98) 20.6 (0.87) 26.8 (0.96) 24.0 (0.92)
1971 14.7 (0.29) 28.8 (0.91) 20.7 (0.64) 10.9 (0.49) 5.1 (0.33) 100.0 (†) 49.5 (1.07) 10.9 (0.66) 39.6 (1.04) 100.0 (†) 27.9 (0.96) 21.7 (0.88) 27.8 (0.95) 22.7 (0.89)
1972 14.6 (0.28) 27.6 (0.87) 20.8 (0.64) 10.2 (0.47) 5.4 (0.34) 100.0 (†) 51.2 (1.05) 10.2 (0.64) 38.6 (1.02) 100.0 (†) 27.5 (0.94) 20.8 (0.85) 29.0 (0.95) 22.7 (0.88)
1973 14.1 (0.28) 28.0 (0.86) 19.6 (0.61) 9.9 (0.46) 4.9 (0.32) 100.0 (†) 53.2 (1.06) 9.2 (0.61) 37.5 (1.02) 100.0 (†) 26.5 (0.93) 20.9 (0.86) 27.4 (0.94) 25.3 (0.92)
1974 14.3 (0.28) (†) (†) (†) (†) 100.0 (†) 51.8 (1.04) 12.3 (0.68) 35.9 (1.00) 100.0 (†) 25.4 (0.91) 20.1 (0.84) 28.7 (0.94) 25.8 (0.91)
                                                         
1975 13.9 (0.27) 28.8 (0.84) 18.0 (0.59) 10.2 (0.46) 5.0 (0.31) 100.0 (†) 46.0 (1.04) 15.6 (0.76) 38.4 (1.02) 100.0 (†) 23.5 (0.89) 21.1 (0.85) 27.5 (0.93) 27.9 (0.94)
1976 14.1 (0.27) 28.1 (0.80) 19.2 (0.61) 10.1 (0.46) 4.9 (0.30) 100.0 (†) 48.8 (1.03) 16.0 (0.75) 35.2 (0.98) 100.0 (†) 24.3 (0.88) 20.1 (0.82) 27.8 (0.92) 27.8 (0.92)
1977 14.1 (0.27) 28.5 (0.81) 19.0 (0.60) 10.4 (0.46) 4.5 (0.29) 100.0 (†) 52.9 (1.02) 13.6 (0.70) 33.6 (0.97) 100.0 (†) 24.3 (0.88) 21.7 (0.84) 27.3 (0.91) 26.6 (0.91)
1978 14.2 (0.27) 28.2 (0.81) 18.9 (0.61) 10.5 (0.46) 5.5 (0.31) 100.0 (†) 54.3 (1.01) 12.4 (0.67) 33.3 (0.96) 100.0 (†) 22.9 (0.85) 20.2 (0.81) 28.2 (0.91) 28.8 (0.92)
1979 14.6 (0.27) 28.1 (0.79) 18.5 (0.60) 11.5 (0.48) 5.6 (0.32) 100.0 (†) 54.0 (1.00) 12.7 (0.67) 33.3 (0.94) 100.0 (†) 22.6 (0.84) 21.0 (0.82) 28.6 (0.90) 27.8 (0.90)
                                                         
1980 14.1 (0.27) 27.0 (0.77) 18.1 (0.60) 10.7 (0.46) 5.7 (0.32) 100.0 (†) 50.4 (1.02) 17.0 (0.77) 32.6 (0.95) 100.0 (†) 23.6 (0.86) 19.7 (0.81) 29.8 (0.93) 27.0 (0.90)
1981 13.9 (0.26) 26.4 (0.76) 17.8 (0.58) 11.1 (0.47) 5.2 (0.30) 100.0 (†) 49.8 (1.01) 18.3 (0.78) 31.9 (0.94) 100.0 (†) 24.3 (0.87) 18.6 (0.79) 30.2 (0.93) 26.9 (0.90)
1982 13.9 (0.28) 27.2 (0.79) 18.3 (0.63) 10.2 (0.49) 4.4 (0.30) 100.0 (†) 45.2 (1.08) 21.1 (0.88) 33.7 (1.02) 100.0 (†) 22.9 (0.91) 20.8 (0.88) 28.8 (0.98) 27.6 (0.97)
1983 13.7 (0.28) 26.5 (0.78) 17.8 (0.63) 10.5 (0.50) 4.1 (0.29) 100.0 (†) 48.4 (1.10) 18.2 (0.85) 33.4 (1.04) 100.0 (†) 23.0 (0.92) 19.3 (0.87) 28.8 (0.99) 28.8 (0.99)
1984 13.1 (0.28) 25.9 (0.77) 16.5 (0.62) 9.9 (0.49) 3.8 (0.29) 100.0 (†) 49.7 (1.13) 17.3 (0.86) 32.9 (1.06) 100.0 (†) 23.6 (0.96) 21.4 (0.93) 27.5 (1.01) 27.5 (1.01)
                                                         
1985 12.6 (0.28) 27.1 (0.79) 14.7 (0.61) 8.3 (0.46) 4.0 (0.29) 100.0 (†) 50.1 (1.17) 17.5 (0.89) 32.4 (1.09) 100.0 (†) 23.9 (1.00) 21.0 (0.95) 27.9 (1.05) 27.2 (1.04)
1986 12.2 (0.27) 25.4 (0.77) 14.8 (0.61) 8.0 (0.45) 3.4 (0.28) 100.0 (†) 51.1 (1.19) 16.4 (0.88) 32.5 (1.12) 100.0 (†) 25.4 (1.04) 21.5 (0.98) 25.7 (1.04) 27.4 (1.07)
1987 12.6 (0.28) 25.5 (0.78) 16.6 (0.64) 8.0 (0.47) 3.6 (0.29) 100.0 (†) 52.4 (1.18) 13.6 (0.81) 34.0 (1.12) 100.0 (†) 25.9 (1.04) 20.7 (0.96) 26.0 (1.04) 27.5 (1.06)
1988 12.9 (0.31) 27.2 (0.86) 15.4 (0.69) 8.2 (0.52) 3.4 (0.31) 100.0 (†) 52.9 (1.29) (†) (†) 100.0 (†) 28.9 (1.17) 19.3 (1.02) 25.1 (1.12) 26.8 (1.14)
1989 12.6 (0.30) 25.0 (0.81) 16.2 (0.68) 8.7 (0.50) 3.3 (0.30) 100.0 (†) 53.2 (1.25) 13.8 (0.86) 33.0 (1.18) 100.0 (†) 29.4 (1.14) 20.8 (1.02) 24.9 (1.08) 25.0 (1.09)
                                                         
1990 12.1 (0.29) 24.3 (0.82) 15.1 (0.65) 8.7 (0.51) 2.9 (0.28) 100.0 (†) 52.5 (1.29) 13.3 (0.88) 34.2 (1.23) 100.0 (†) 28.6 (1.17) 20.9 (1.05) 24.4 (1.11) 26.1 (1.14)
1991 12.5 (0.30) 25.9 (0.83) 15.5 (0.66) 7.7 (0.49) 3.0 (0.29) 100.0 (†) 47.5 (1.28) 15.8 (0.93) 36.7 (1.23) 100.0 (†) 28.6 (1.15) 20.5 (1.03) 26.1 (1.12) 24.9 (1.10)
19923  11.0 (0.28) 23.4 (0.79) 12.9 (0.62) 7.3 (0.48) 2.4 (0.26) 100.0 (†) 47.6 (1.36) 15.0 (0.97) 37.4 (1.32) 100.0 (†) 21.6 (1.12) 17.5 (1.04) 24.4 (1.17) 36.5 (1.31)
19933  11.0 (0.28) 22.9 (0.77) 12.7 (0.62) 6.6 (0.46) 2.9 (0.29) 100.0 (†) 48.7 (1.37) 12.8 (0.91) 38.5 (1.33) 100.0 (†) 20.5 (1.10) 16.6 (1.02) 24.1 (1.17) 38.8 (1.33)
19943  11.4 (0.28) 20.7 (0.76) 13.7 (0.63) 8.7 (0.49) 4.9 (0.35) 100.0 (†) 49.5 (1.30) 13.0 (0.88) 37.5 (1.26) 100.0 (†) 23.9 (1.11) 16.2 (0.96) 20.3 (1.05) 39.6 (1.28)
                                                         
19953  12.0 (0.27) 23.2 (0.70) 13.8 (0.59) 8.3 (0.46) 3.6 (0.29) 100.0 (†) 48.9 (1.19) 14.2 (0.83) 37.0 (1.15) 100.0 (†) 22.2 (0.99) 17.0 (0.89) 22.5 (0.99) 38.3 (1.16)
19963  11.1 (0.27) 22.0 (0.72) 13.6 (0.60) 7.0 (0.45) 3.2 (0.28) 100.0 (†) 47.3 (1.28) 15.0 (0.91) 37.7 (1.24) 100.0 (†) 20.3 (1.03) 17.7 (0.98) 22.6 (1.07) 39.4 (1.25)
19973  11.0 (0.27) 21.8 (0.71) 13.5 (0.59) 6.2 (0.42) 3.4 (0.29) 100.0 (†) 53.3 (1.27) 13.2 (0.86) 33.5 (1.21) 100.0 (†) 19.9 (1.02) 15.7 (0.93) 22.3 (1.06) 42.1 (1.26)
19983  11.8 (0.27) 22.3 (0.71) 14.9 (0.62) 7.7 (0.45) 3.5 (0.29) 100.0 (†) 55.1 (1.22) 10.3 (0.74) 34.6 (1.17) 100.0 (†) 21.0 (1.00) 14.9 (0.87) 21.4 (1.00) 42.6 (1.21)
19993  11.2 (0.26) 21.0 (0.70) 14.3 (0.60) 7.4 (0.44) 3.9 (0.30) 100.0 (†) 55.6 (1.23) 10.0 (0.74) 34.4 (1.18) 100.0 (†) 22.2 (1.03) 16.3 (0.92) 22.5 (1.04) 39.0 (1.21)
                                                         
20003  10.9 (0.26) 20.7 (0.70) 12.8 (0.56) 8.3 (0.46) 3.5 (0.29) 100.0 (†) 56.9 (1.24) 12.3 (0.82) 30.8 (1.16) 100.0 (†) 21.5 (1.03) 15.3 (0.90) 23.1 (1.06) 40.0 (1.23)
20013  10.7 (0.24) 19.3 (0.65) 13.4 (0.54) 9.0 (0.45) 3.2 (0.25) 100.0 (†) 58.3 (1.17) 14.8 (0.85) 26.9 (1.05) 100.0 (†) 18.4 (0.92) 16.8 (0.89) 23.8 (1.01) 40.9 (1.17)
20023  10.5 (0.24) 18.8 (0.62) 12.3 (0.53) 8.4 (0.43) 3.8 (0.28) 100.0 (†) 57.4 (1.18) 13.3 (0.81) 29.2 (1.09) 100.0 (†) 22.8 (1.00) 17.1 (0.90) 21.3 (0.98) 38.9 (1.17)
20033  9.9 (0.23) 19.5 (0.64) 10.8 (0.49) 7.3 (0.40) 3.4 (0.26) 100.0 (†) 53.5 (1.22) 13.7 (0.84) 32.9 (1.15) 100.0 (†) 21.2 (1.00) 18.2 (0.94) 20.7 (0.99) 40.0 (1.20)
20043  10.3 (0.23) 18.0 (0.60) 12.7 (0.52) 8.2 (0.42) 3.7 (0.27) 100.0 (†) 53.0 (1.19) 14.3 (0.83) 32.7 (1.12) 100.0 (†) 21.4 (0.97) 15.9 (0.87) 22.5 (0.99) 40.3 (1.17)
                                                         
20053  9.4 (0.22) 17.9 (0.60) 11.5 (0.51) 7.1 (0.39) 2.7 (0.23) 100.0 (†) 56.9 (1.23) 11.9 (0.80) 31.2 (1.15) 100.0 (†) 18.9 (0.97) 16.8 (0.93) 21.4 (1.02) 42.9 (1.23)
20063  9.3 (0.22) 16.5 (0.58) 12.1 (0.51) 6.3 (0.37) 3.8 (0.27) 100.0 (†) 56.4 (1.23) 11.7 (0.80) 32.0 (1.16) 100.0 (†) 22.1 (1.03) 13.4 (0.85) 20.7 (1.01) 43.9 (1.23)
20073  8.7 (0.21) 16.7 (0.59) 10.5 (0.48) 6.4 (0.36) 3.2 (0.25) 100.0 (†) 55.5 (1.27) 11.2 (0.80) 33.3 (1.20) 100.0 (†) 21.2 (1.04) 16.9 (0.96) 22.9 (1.07) 39.0 (1.24)
20083  8.0 (0.20) 16.4 (0.58) 9.4 (0.45) 5.4 (0.34) 2.2 (0.21) 100.0 (†) 46.8 (1.33) 16.3 (0.98) 36.9 (1.28) 100.0 (†) 18.4 (1.03) 15.2 (0.96) 23.8 (1.13) 42.6 (1.32)
20093  8.1 (0.20) 15.8 (0.57) 9.7 (0.45) 5.4 (0.34) 2.5 (0.22) 100.0 (†) 43.2 (1.31) 19.9 (1.06) 36.9 (1.28) 100.0 (†) 17.7 (1.01) 13.6 (0.91) 24.4 (1.14) 44.3 (1.32)
                                                         
20103,4  7.4 (0.27) 13.8 (0.83) 8.9 (0.54) 5.1 (0.48) 2.5 (0.31) 100.0 (†) 45.8 (1.64) 18.7 (1.38) 35.5 (1.70) 100.0 (†) 19.2 (1.48) 13.1 (1.07) 22.5 (1.59) 45.2 (1.89)
20113,4  7.1 (0.26) 13.0 (0.73) 9.0 (0.53) 4.8 (0.45) 2.3 (0.32) 100.0 (†) 49.8 (1.77) 16.0 (1.33) 34.2 (1.69) 100.0 (†) 18.1 (1.72) 12.9 (1.15) 21.2 (1.39) 47.7 (1.87)
20123,4  6.6 (0.25) 11.8 (0.70) 8.7 (0.65) 4.1 (0.44) 1.9 (0.31) 100.0 (†) 44.8 (2.07) 18.1 (1.49) 37.1 (1.83) 100.0 (†) 18.3 (1.76) 10.2 (1.21) 21.9 (1.57) 49.6 (2.20)
20133,4  6.8 (0.28) 10.7 (0.73) 8.8 (0.67) 5.0 (0.44) 3.2 (0.36) 100.0 (†) 41.1 (2.01) 16.8 (1.58) 42.1 (1.84) 100.0 (†) 18.3 (1.70) 13.3 (1.34) 21.1 (1.63) 47.4 (2.31)
20143,4  6.5 (0.25) 11.6 (0.68) 7.6 (0.57) 4.7 (0.43) 2.8 (0.31) 100.0 (†) 44.7 (1.84) 17.0 (1.41) 38.3 (1.61) 100.0 (†) 15.0 (1.58) 13.7 (1.28) 21.3 (1.56) 50.0 (1.94)
20153,4  5.9 (0.26) 9.9 (0.69) 7.4 (0.60) 4.3 (0.39) 2.4 (0.31) 100.0 (†) 41.7 (2.10) 14.2 (1.48) 44.1 (2.10) 100.0 (†) 14.5 (1.67) 13.9 (1.40) 21.3 (1.65) 50.2 (2.00)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
1 Data are not comparable to employment and unemployment rate data produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, because the percentage distributions presented here include persons who are not in the labor force. The labor force consists of those who are employed and those who are unemployed (i.e., seeking employment); persons who are neither employed nor seeking employment are not in the labor force.
2 Includes persons who were employed but not at work during the survey week.
3 Because of changes in data collection procedures, data may not be comparable with figures for years prior to 1992.
4 Beginning in 2010, standard errors were computed using replicate weights, which produced more precise values than the generalized variance function methodology used in prior years.
NOTE: "Status" dropouts are 16- to 24-year-olds who are not enrolled in school and who have not completed a high school program, regardless of when they left school. People who have received GED credentials are counted as high school completers. Data are based on sample surveys of the civilian noninstitutionalized population, which excludes persons in the military and persons living in institutions (e.g., prisons or nursing facilities). Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October, 1970 through 2015. (This table was prepared November 2016.)

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