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Table 219.76. Population 16 to 24 years old and number of 16- to 24-year-old high school dropouts (status dropouts), by income level, labor force status, and years of school completed: 1970 through 2015
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Year Population 16 through 24 years old (in thousands),
by family income quartile
Number of 16- to 24-year-old (status) dropouts (in thousands)
Total status dropouts By family income quartile2 By labor force status By years of school completed
Total1 Lowest
quartile
Middle low
quartile
Middle high
quartile
Highest
quartile
Lowest
quartile
Middle low
quartile
Middle high
quartile
Highest
quartile
In labor force Not in
labor force
Less than 9 years 9 years 10 years 11 or 12 years
Employed3 Unemployed
1 2 3 4 5 6   7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
1970 30,240 (260.6) 4,849 (112.2) 8,150 (144.2) 8,346 (145.8) 8,896 (150.3) 4,525 (90.1) 1,359 (45.4) 1,725 (53.6) 979 (42.7) 461 (30.4) 2,254 (76.7) 466 (35.2) 1,805 (53.1) 1,292 (58.5) 933 (49.7) 1,212 (56.6) 1,087 (53.7)
1971 31,530 (265.1) 5,200 (116.1) 8,391 (146.2) 8,434 (146.6) 9,505 (155.1) 4,641 (91.4) 1,500 (47.5) 1,734 (53.9) 923 (41.6) 483 (31.1) 2,299 (77.4) 505 (36.6) 1,837 (53.6) 1,295 (58.5) 1,006 (51.6) 1,288 (58.4) 1,051 (52.8)
1972 32,627 (268.7) 5,600 (120.3) 8,620 (148.1) 8,861 (150.0) 9,545 (155.4) 4,770 (92.7) 1,546 (48.6) 1,794 (54.7) 904 (41.4) 519 (32.2) 2,442 (79.7) 488 (36.0) 1,840 (53.6) 1,310 (58.8) 994 (51.3) 1,383 (60.5) 1,084 (53.6)
1973 33,413 (271.3) 5,725 (121.6) 8,807 (149.6) 9,043 (151.5) 9,839 (157.7) 4,716 (92.4) 1,605 (49.4) 1,724 (54.1) 898 (41.3) 485 (31.2) 2,511 (80.9) 436 (34.0) 1,769 (52.6) 1,248 (57.5) 985 (51.1) 1,292 (58.5) 1,191 (56.1)
1974 33,968 (273.1) (†) (†) (†) (†) 4,849 (93.6) (†) (†) (†) (†) 2,514 (80.9) 595 (39.7) 1,741 (52.2) 1,234 (57.1) 975 (50.8) 1,390 (60.6) 1,251 (57.5)
                                                                     
1975 34,687 (275.3) 6,144 (125.9) 8,868 (150.1) 9,128 (152.2) 10,547 (162.9) 4,824 (93.6) 1,769 (51.6) 1,596 (52.5) 930 (42.0) 526 (32.5) 2,220 (76.1) 751 (44.6) 1,853 (53.8) 1,134 (54.8) 1,018 (51.9) 1,329 (59.3) 1,344 (59.6)
1976 35,198 (276.9) 6,641 (130.7) 8,710 (148.8) 9,014 (151.3) 10,833 (165.0) 4,981 (95.0) 1,867 (53.2) 1,670 (53.4) 912 (41.6) 526 (32.5) 2,432 (79.6) 795 (45.9) 1,754 (52.4) 1,213 (56.6) 999 (51.4) 1,385 (60.5) 1,384 (60.5)
1977 35,639 (278.2) 6,576 (130.0) 8,953 (150.8) 9,262 (153.2) 10,848 (165.1) 5,031 (95.5) 1,871 (53.1) 1,698 (53.9) 967 (42.7) 491 (31.4) 2,660 (83.2) 682 (42.5) 1,689 (51.4) 1,224 (56.9) 1,093 (53.8) 1,374 (60.3) 1,340 (59.5)
1978 35,903 (279.0) 6,596 (130.2) 8,788 (149.5) 9,319 (153.7) 11,199 (167.6) 5,114 (96.2) 1,863 (53.1) 1,659 (53.3) 974 (42.9) 616 (35.0) 2,776 (85.0) 635 (41.1) 1,702 (51.6) 1,171 (55.7) 1,030 (52.2) 1,442 (61.7) 1,471 (62.3)
1979 36,105 (279.6) 6,782 (132.0) 8,843 (149.9) 9,518 (155.2) 10,961 (165.9) 5,265 (97.4) 1,904 (53.8) 1,633 (53.0) 1,096 (45.2) 619 (35.1) 2,843 (86.0) 668 (42.1) 1,753 (52.3) 1,191 (56.1) 1,107 (54.1) 1,505 (63.1) 1,461 (62.1)
                                                                     
1980 36,117 (279.7) 6,978 (133.8) 8,643 (148.3) 9,304 (153.6) 11,192 (167.6) 5,085 (96.0) 1,886 (53.9) 1,568 (52.0) 993 (43.2) 637 (35.6) 2,563 (81.7) 865 (47.9) 1,657 (50.9) 1,199 (56.3) 1,000 (51.5) 1,515 (63.3) 1,371 (60.2)
1981 36,929 (282.1) 7,120 (135.1) 9,221 (152.9) 9,289 (153.4) 11,299 (168.3) 5,143 (96.6) 1,880 (54.0) 1,640 (53.3) 1,032 (44.0) 588 (34.3) 2,559 (81.6) 943 (50.0) 1,641 (50.7) 1,250 (57.5) 956 (50.3) 1,554 (64.1) 1,382 (60.5)
1982 36,431 (296.5) 7,417 (145.6) 8,802 (158.0) 9,150 (161.0) 11,062 (176.1) 5,055 (101.5) 2,019 (59.0) 1,612 (55.8) 929 (44.4) 484 (33.1) 2,285 (81.5) 1,067 (56.1) 1,704 (54.5) 1,155 (58.4) 1,053 (55.8) 1,454 (65.5) 1,393 (64.1)
1983 35,869 (294.7) 7,518 (146.6) 8,640 (156.6) 8,826 (158.2) 10,886 (174.7) 4,905 (100.1) 1,993 (58.9) 1,536 (54.7) 931 (44.4) 441 (31.7) 2,375 (83.1) 890 (51.3) 1,640 (53.5) 1,130 (57.8) 947 (52.9) 1,414 (64.6) 1,414 (64.6)
1984 35,184 (292.5) 7,606 (147.4) 8,371 (154.3) 8,895 (158.8) 10,312 (170.3) 4,626 (97.5) 1,967 (58.7) 1,380 (52.2) 879 (43.3) 395 (30.0) 2,301 (81.8) 802 (48.7) 1,524 (51.6) 1,091 (56.8) 991 (54.1) 1,274 (61.3) 1,270 (61.2)
                                                                     
1985 34,368 (289.8) 7,451 (145.9) 8,098 (151.9) 8,369 (154.3) 10,450 (171.4) 4,324 (94.6) 2,016 (59.0) 1,194 (49.1) 697 (38.9) 417 (30.8) 2,165 (79.4) 756 (47.3) 1,403 (49.5) 1,032 (55.2) 910 (51.9) 1,205 (59.7) 1,178 (59.0)
1986 33,926 (288.4) 7,645 (147.7) 8,016 (151.1) 8,436 (154.9) 9,829 (166.5) 4,142 (92.7) 1,941 (58.5) 1,183 (48.8) 673 (38.3) 333 (27.6) 2,117 (78.5) 678 (44.8) 1,347 (48.5) 1,052 (55.8) 893 (51.4) 1,063 (56.1) 1,135 (57.9)
1987 33,437 (286.7) 7,467 (146.1) 8,007 (151.0) 8,016 (151.1) 9,947 (167.5) 4,230 (93.5) 1,903 (57.9) 1,325 (51.1) 642 (37.4) 358 (28.6) 2,218 (80.4) 574 (41.2) 1,439 (50.1) 1,094 (56.9) 874 (50.8) 1,099 (57.0) 1,163 (58.6)
1988 32,883 (310.4) 7,529 (159.8) 7,780 (162.3) 7,827 (162.8) 9,747 (180.7) 4,232 (101.8) 2,051 (64.8) 1,199 (53.4) 644 (40.8) 334 (30.1) 2,238 (88.0) 1,370 (69.3) 624 (36.1) 1,221 (65.4) 815 (53.5) 1,063 (61.1) 1,133 (63.1)
1989 31,991 (291.8) 7,317 (149.8) 7,438 (151.0) 7,968 (156.1) 9,269 (167.8) 4,038 (94.6) 1,826 (59.0) 1,208 (50.7) 694 (40.1) 307 (27.4) 2,150 (82.0) 557 (42.1) 1,331 (50.0) 1,186 (61.3) 838 (51.6) 1,003 (56.4) 1,011 (56.6)
                                                                     
1990 31,420 (289.7) 6,961 (146.3) 7,671 (153.3) 7,860 (155.1) 8,927 (164.8) 3,797 (92.0) 1,693 (57.0) 1,159 (50.0) 682 (39.8) 258 (25.2) 1,992 (78.9) 506 (40.1) 1,299 (49.4) 1,087 (58.7) 792 (50.1) 926 (54.2) 992 (56.1)
1991 31,163 (288.7) 7,152 (148.2) 7,595 (152.5) 7,554 (152.1) 8,862 (164.2) 3,881 (92.8) 1,855 (59.0) 1,174 (50.2) 584 (37.0) 264 (25.5) 1,844 (76.0) 612 (44.1) 1,424 (51.7) 1,108 (59.3) 795 (50.3) 1,012 (56.7) 965 (55.3)
19924  30,931 (287.9) 7,235 (149.0) 7,430 (150.9) 7,461 (151.2) 8,805 (163.7) 3,410 (87.7) 1,692 (57.3) 958 (46.0) 548 (35.9) 211 (22.8) 1,623 (71.3) 511 (40.3) 1,277 (48.9) 736 (48.3) 598 (43.6) 833 (51.4) 1,243 (62.8)
19934  30,820 (287.4) 7,494 (151.6) 7,341 (150.1) 7,426 (150.9) 8,559 (161.5) 3,396 (87.5) 1,714 (57.9) 935 (45.5) 491 (34.1) 246 (24.6) 1,653 (72.0) 435 (37.2) 1,308 (49.5) 697 (47.0) 564 (42.3) 819 (51.0) 1,316 (64.6)
19944  32,548 (293.8) 7,184 (148.5) 7,601 (152.6) 8,427 (160.3) 9,336 (168.3) 3,727 (91.5) 1,488 (54.7) 1,043 (47.8) 731 (41.1) 455 (33.1) 1,845 (76.0) 485 (39.3) 1,397 (51.2) 892 (53.2) 604 (43.8) 755 (49.0) 1,474 (68.3)
                                                                     
19954  32,362 (293.2) 8,052 (156.9) 7,563 (152.2) 7,707 (153.6) 9,040 (165.8) 3,876 (86.5) 1,869 (56.1) 1,043 (44.4) 636 (35.8) 328 (26.3) 1,894 (77.0) 549 (41.8) 1,433 (51.8) 861 (52.3) 659 (45.8) 872 (52.6) 1,484 (68.5)
19964  32,429 (304.6) 7,775 (160.1) 7,790 (160.3) 7,746 (159.9) 9,118 (172.8) 3,611 (87.1) 1,707 (56.1) 1,062 (46.6) 542 (34.5) 291 (25.8) 1,709 (76.0) 541 (43.1) 1,360 (52.4) 735 (50.1) 639 (46.8) 814 (52.8) 1,423 (69.7)
19974  32,930 (306.4) 8,054 (162.9) 7,881 (161.2) 7,682 (159.2) 9,313 (174.5) 3,624 (87.3) 1,756 (57.0) 1,066 (46.7) 479 (32.6) 317 (26.9) 1,933 (80.7) 478 (40.5) 1,214 (49.5) 721 (49.7) 567 (44.1) 809 (52.6) 1,527 (72.2)
19984  33,423 (308.3) 8,088 (163.2) 7,921 (161.6) 8,251 (164.8) 9,163 (173.2) 3,942 (90.7) 1,800 (57.5) 1,183 (48.8) 638 (37.3) 319 (27.0) 2,174 (85.6) 405 (37.3) 1,363 (52.5) 829 (53.3) 589 (44.9) 843 (53.7) 1,681 (75.7)
19994  34,136 (310.8) 7,973 (162.1) 7,990 (162.2) 8,472 (166.9) 9,700 (177.9) 3,829 (89.7) 1,676 (56.0) 1,141 (48.1) 630 (37.1) 376 (29.2) 2,129 (84.7) 382 (36.2) 1,318 (51.6) 851 (54.0) 623 (46.2) 861 (54.3) 1,494 (71.4)
                                                                     
20004  34,534 (312.2) 8,004 (162.4) 8,321 (165.4) 8,598 (168.0) 9,611 (177.2) 3,776 (89.2) 1,657 (55.8) 1,064 (46.8) 713 (39.3) 336 (27.7) 2,149 (85.1) 463 (39.8) 1,163 (48.5) 814 (52.8) 578 (44.5) 873 (54.7) 1,511 (71.8)
20014  35,138 (298.4) 7,910 (153.3) 8,390 (157.6) 8,730 (160.6) 10,108 (172.2) 3,766 (84.6) 1,524 (51.2) 1,124 (45.6) 785 (39.0) 321 (25.7) 2,195 (81.6) 559 (41.5) 1,011 (42.9) 694 (46.3) 634 (44.2) 897 (52.6) 1,540 (68.8)
20024  35,471 (299.5) 8,414 (157.9) 8,198 (155.9) 9,006 (163.1) 9,852 (170.1) 3,721 (84.2) 1,582 (52.3) 1,005 (43.4) 754 (38.4) 376 (27.8) 2,136 (80.5) 496 (39.1) 1,088 (44.4) 849 (51.1) 636 (44.3) 791 (49.4) 1,445 (66.6)
20034  35,991 (301.2) 8,290 (156.7) 8,651 (160.0) 8,902 (162.2) 10,148 (172.5) 3,552 (82.6) 1,618 (52.7) 937 (42.2) 654 (35.9) 341 (26.5) 1,899 (75.9) 486 (38.7) 1,167 (46.0) 752 (48.2) 646 (44.6) 734 (47.6) 1,420 (66.1)
20044  36,504 (302.8) 8,685 (160.3) 8,629 (159.8) 8,904 (162.2) 10,285 (173.6) 3,766 (84.8) 1,565 (52.3) 1,097 (45.2) 726 (37.7) 377 (27.8) 1,996 (77.8) 539 (40.8) 1,231 (47.3) 804 (49.8) 599 (43.0) 846 (51.1) 1,516 (68.2)
                                                                     
20054  36,761 (303.6) 8,650 (159.9) 8,441 (158.1) 9,237 (165.0) 10,433 (174.8) 3,458 (81.7) 1,548 (52.0) 970 (42.8) 656 (36.0) 284 (24.3) 1,968 (77.3) 410 (35.6) 1,080 (44.4) 652 (44.8) 582 (42.4) 740 (47.8) 1,483 (67.5)
20064  37,047 (304.5) 8,628 (159.8) 8,772 (161.0) 9,060 (163.5) 10,587 (176.0) 3,462 (81.8) 1,425 (50.4) 1,062 (44.6) 574 (33.9) 400 (28.6) 1,951 (77.0) 404 (35.3) 1,107 (44.9) 764 (48.5) 464 (37.9) 716 (47.0) 1,518 (68.3)
20074  37,480 (305.9) 8,389 (157.6) 8,698 (160.4) 9,656 (168.5) 10,736 (177.2) 3,278 (79.8) 1,398 (49.8) 916 (41.8) 622 (35.2) 342 (26.6) 1,819 (74.3) 367 (33.7) 1,092 (44.6) 695 (46.3) 555 (41.4) 750 (48.1) 1,278 (62.7)
20084  37,569 (306.2) 8,638 (159.8) 8,996 (163.0) 9,555 (167.7) 10,380 (174.4) 3,010 (76.8) 1,418 (50.3) 849 (40.5) 517 (32.3) 226 (21.7) 1,410 (65.5) 491 (38.9) 1,109 (45.0) 552 (41.3) 459 (37.6) 716 (47.0) 1,283 (62.8)
20094  37,616 (306.3) 8,750 (160.8) 9,138 (164.2) 9,504 (167.3) 10,223 (173.1) 3,030 (77.0) 1,382 (49.8) 884 (41.2) 511 (32.1) 253 (22.9) 1,308 (63.1) 603 (43.1) 1,119 (45.2) 537 (40.7) 413 (35.7) 738 (47.7) 1,342 (64.2)
                                                                     
20104,5  37,949 (#) 9,175 (195.6) 9,370 (190.7) 9,359 (189.8) 10,045 (180.9) 2,816 (100.8) 1,264 (81.3) 833 (52.8) 474 (47.4) 246 (31.5) 1,290 (69.8) 527 (38.4) 999 (62.1) 542 (49.7) 368 (31.2) 634 (44.8) 1,272 (74.3)
20114,5  38,205 (133.8) 9,192 (194.2) 9,286 (180.9) 9,373 (204.0) 10,355 (202.5) 2,714 (99.1) 1,192 (68.7) 833 (52.0) 453 (43.5) 236 (33.1) 1,351 (71.1) 436 (39.2) 927 (55.3) 492 (52.8) 350 (34.0) 576 (41.3) 1,295 (65.8)
20124,5  38,800 (306.3) 9,899 (212.2) 9,235 (209.4) 9,305 (210.5) 10,360 (208.2) 2,562 (101.1) 1,172 (74.3) 807 (64.2) 385 (42.6) 199 (31.8) 1,148 (69.5) 464 (44.6) 950 (56.2) 468 (50.5) 262 (33.7) 561 (42.4) 1,271 (74.4)
20134,5  38,804 (210.7) 9,477 (220.2) 8,977 (194.4) 9,666 (207.8) 10,684 (211.7) 2,622 (109.3) 1,015 (69.2) 790 (63.0) 480 (42.7) 337 (39.2) 1,079 (71.8) 441 (43.7) 1,103 (65.9) 480 (50.0) 348 (39.5) 552 (47.1) 1,242 (76.8)
20144,5  38,650 (67.1) 9,252 (197.4) 9,602 (192.4) 9,273 (209.8) 10,524 (200.7) 2,527 (94.9) 1,073 (62.5) 725 (56.0) 437 (40.0) 291 (33.6) 1,129 (62.8) 430 (39.3) 968 (54.6) 378 (43.6) 347 (36.8) 538 (45.7) 1,264 (59.5)
20154,5  38,491 (66.4) 9,026 (205.4) 9,493 (194.4) 9,362 (205.1) 10,610 (214.4) 2,254 (99.1) 897 (63.7) 700 (59.8) 405 (37.5) 253 (33.0) 940 (58.3) 320 (37.5) 994 (66.5) 327 (42.4) 314 (32.4) 481 (43.1) 1,132 (65.2)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
#Rounds to zero.
1 Because income data were not available for some respondents in some years, total by income quartile for some years may differ from totals appearing in other tables.
2 Because income data were not available for some respondents in some years, total by income quartile for some years may differ from total appearing in column 7 or in other tables.
3 Includes persons who were employed but not at work during the survey week.
4 Because of changes in data collection procedures, data may not be comparable with figures for years prior to 1992.
5 Beginning in 2010, standard errors were computed using replicate weights, which produced more precise values than the 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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