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Table 219.75. Percentage of high school dropouts among persons 16 to 24 years old (status dropout rate) and percentage distribution of status dropouts, by labor force status and years of school completed: Selected years, 1970 through 2017
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Year Status
dropout
rate
Percentage distribution of status dropouts,
by labor force status1
Percentage distribution of status dropouts, by
years of school completed
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
1970 15.0 (0.30) 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)
1975 13.9 (0.27) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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 7.4 (0.27) 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 7.1 (0.26) 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 6.6 (0.25) 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 6.8 (0.28) 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 6.5 (0.25) 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 5.9 (0.26) 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)
20163 6.1 (0.27) 100.0 (†) 46.6 (1.99) 13.9 (1.31) 39.6 (1.90) 100.0 (†) 17.6 (1.91) 10.8 (1.14) 21.9 (1.64) 49.7 (2.22)
20173 5.8 (0.26) 100.0 (†) 46.7 (1.91) 8.3 (1.09) 44.9 (1.98) 100.0 (†) 21.0 (2.14) 9.8 (1.22) 20.3 (1.76) 49.0 (2.41)
—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.
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 equivalency credentials, such as the GED, 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). Prior to 2010, standard errors were computed using generalized variance function methodology rather than the more precise replicate weight methodology used in later years. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October, 1970 through 2017. (This table was prepared November 2018.)

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