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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 labor force status and years of school completed: 1970 through 2017
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Year Total population
16 to 24 years
old (in thousands)
Number of 16- to 24-year-old (status) dropouts (in thousands)
Total status
dropouts
By labor force status By years of school completed
In labor force Not in
labor force
Less than
9 years
9 years 10 years 11 or 12 years
Employed1 Unemployed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1970 30,251 (260.7) 4,525 (90.1) 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 31,538 (265.1) 4,641 (91.4) 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 32,643 (268.8) 4,770 (92.7) 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 33,430 (271.4) 4,716 (92.4) 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 34,700 (275.4) 4,824 (93.6) 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 35,222 (277.0) 4,981 (95.0) 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 35,658 (278.3) 5,031 (95.5) 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 35,931 (279.1) 5,114 (96.2) 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 36,131 (279.7) 5,265 (97.4) 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 36,143 (279.7) 5,085 (96.0) 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 36,945 (282.1) 5,143 (96.6) 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 36,452 (296.5) 5,055 (101.5) 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 35,884 (294.7) 4,905 (100.1) 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 35,204 (292.6) 4,626 (97.5) 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 34,382 (289.9) 4,324 (94.6) 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 33,945 (288.4) 4,142 (92.7) 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 33,452 (286.8) 4,230 (93.5) 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 32,893 (310.4) 4,232 (101.8) 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 32,007 (291.9) 4,038 (94.6) 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 31,443 (289.8) 3,797 (92.0) 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 31,171 (288.8) 3,881 (92.8) 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)
19922 30,944 (287.9) 3,410 (87.7) 1,623 (71.3) 511 (40.3) 1,277 (48.9) 736 (48.3) 598 (43.6) 833 (51.4) 1,243 (62.8)
19932 30,845 (287.5) 3,396 (87.5) 1,653 (72.0) 435 (37.2) 1,308 (49.5) 697 (47.0) 564 (42.3) 819 (51.0) 1,316 (64.6)
19942 32,560 (293.9) 3,727 (91.5) 1,845 (76.0) 485 (39.3) 1,397 (51.2) 892 (53.2) 604 (43.8) 755 (49.0) 1,474 (68.3)
                                     
19952 32,379 (293.2) 3,876 (86.5) 1,894 (77.0) 549 (41.8) 1,433 (51.8) 861 (52.3) 659 (45.8) 872 (52.6) 1,484 (68.5)
19962 32,452 (304.7) 3,611 (87.1) 1,709 (76.0) 541 (43.1) 1,360 (52.4) 735 (50.1) 639 (46.8) 814 (52.8) 1,423 (69.7)
19972 32,960 (306.6) 3,624 (87.3) 1,933 (80.7) 478 (40.5) 1,214 (49.5) 721 (49.7) 567 (44.1) 809 (52.6) 1,527 (72.2)
19982 33,445 (308.3) 3,942 (90.7) 2,174 (85.6) 405 (37.3) 1,363 (52.5) 829 (53.3) 589 (44.9) 843 (53.7) 1,681 (75.7)
19992 34,169 (310.9) 3,829 (89.7) 2,129 (84.7) 382 (36.2) 1,318 (51.6) 851 (54.0) 623 (46.2) 861 (54.3) 1,494 (71.4)
                                     
20002 34,568 (312.4) 3,776 (89.2) 2,149 (85.1) 463 (39.8) 1,163 (48.5) 814 (52.8) 578 (44.5) 873 (54.7) 1,511 (71.8)
20012 35,167 (298.5) 3,766 (84.6) 2,195 (81.6) 559 (41.5) 1,011 (42.9) 694 (46.3) 634 (44.2) 897 (52.6) 1,540 (68.8)
20022 35,495 (299.6) 3,721 (84.2) 2,136 (80.5) 496 (39.1) 1,088 (44.4) 849 (51.1) 636 (44.3) 791 (49.4) 1,445 (66.6)
20032 36,017 (301.3) 3,552 (82.6) 1,899 (75.9) 486 (38.7) 1,167 (46.0) 752 (48.2) 646 (44.6) 734 (47.6) 1,420 (66.1)
20042 36,504 (302.8) 3,766 (84.8) 1,996 (77.8) 539 (40.8) 1,231 (47.3) 804 (49.8) 599 (43.0) 846 (51.1) 1,516 (68.2)
                                     
20052 36,761 (303.6) 3,458 (81.7) 1,968 (77.3) 410 (35.6) 1,080 (44.4) 652 (44.8) 582 (42.4) 740 (47.8) 1,483 (67.5)
20062 37,047 (304.5) 3,462 (81.8) 1,951 (77.0) 404 (35.3) 1,107 (44.9) 764 (48.5) 464 (37.9) 716 (47.0) 1,518 (68.3)
20072 37,480 (305.9) 3,278 (79.8) 1,819 (74.3) 367 (33.7) 1,092 (44.6) 695 (46.3) 555 (41.4) 750 (48.1) 1,278 (62.7)
20082 37,569 (306.2) 3,010 (76.8) 1,410 (65.5) 491 (38.9) 1,109 (45.0) 552 (41.3) 459 (37.6) 716 (47.0) 1,283 (62.8)
20092 37,616 (306.3) 3,030 (77.0) 1,308 (63.1) 603 (43.1) 1,119 (45.2) 537 (40.7) 413 (35.7) 738 (47.7) 1,342 (64.2)
                                     
20102 37,949 (#) 2,816 (100.8) 1,290 (69.8) 527 (38.4) 999 (62.1) 542 (49.7) 368 (31.2) 634 (44.8) 1,272 (74.3)
20112 38,205 (133.8) 2,714 (99.1) 1,351 (71.1) 436 (39.2) 927 (55.3) 492 (52.8) 350 (34.0) 576 (41.3) 1,295 (65.8)
20122 38,800 (306.3) 2,562 (101.1) 1,148 (69.5) 464 (44.6) 950 (56.2) 468 (50.5) 262 (33.7) 561 (42.4) 1,271 (74.4)
20132 38,804 (210.7) 2,622 (109.3) 1,079 (71.8) 441 (43.7) 1,103 (65.9) 480 (50.0) 348 (39.5) 552 (47.1) 1,242 (76.8)
20142 38,650 (67.1) 2,527 (94.9) 1,129 (62.8) 430 (39.3) 968 (54.6) 378 (43.6) 347 (36.8) 538 (45.7) 1,264 (59.5)
                                     
20152 38,491 (66.4) 2,254 (99.1) 940 (58.3) 320 (37.5) 994 (66.5) 327 (42.4) 314 (32.4) 481 (43.1) 1,132 (65.2)
20162 38,367 (57.6) 2,334 (102.8) 1,087 (67.3) 324 (33.9) 924 (58.6) 412 (52.1) 252 (27.6) 511 (41.3) 1,160 (71.6)
20172 38,079 (96.2) 2,198 (101.5) 1,027 (65.2) 183 (24.7) 988 (62.6) 461 (53.9) 215 (26.4) 446 (45.1) 1,077 (70.1)
# Rounds to zero.
1 Includes persons who were employed but not at work during the survey week.
2 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. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October, 1970 through 2017. (This table was prepared November 2018.)

2018 Tables and Figures All Years of Tables and Figures Most Recent Full Issue of the Digest