Table 2. Average number of jobs and percent of weeks individuals were employed, unemployed, or not in the labor force from age 18 through age 26 in 1998-2011 by educational attainment, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

Table 2. Average number of jobs and percent of weeks individuals were employed, unemployed, or not in the
labor force from age 18 through age 26 in 1998-2011 by educational attainment, sex, race, and Hispanic or
Latino ethnicity

                                                          Average      Percent of total weeks while ages 
Characteristic                                            number             18 to 26 in 1998-2011	
                                                            of       Employed     Unemployed     Not in 
                                                           jobs                                labor Force

Total, ages 18 to 26 in 1998-2011 .....................    6.2         72.5           6.2         21.4
  Less than a high school diploma  ....................    5.5         53.5          12.0         34.6
  High school graduates, no college (1) .................  5.9         70.7           8.2         21.1	
  Some college or associate degree ....................    6.3         76.5           5.8         17.7
  Bachelor's degree and higher (2) ......................  6.5         74.5           3.0         22.4	

Men ...................................................    6.0         74.5           6.7         18.8
  Less than a high school diploma .....................    5.9         62.0          13.4         24.6
  High school graduates, no college (1) ...............    6.1         75.4           8.7         15.9	
  Some college or associate degree ....................    6.0         79.0           5.8         15.2
  Bachelor's degree and higher (2) ....................    6.0         71.3           3.2         25.5	
  
Women .................................................    6.3         70.4           5.6         24.1
  Less than a high school diploma .....................    4.9         43.2          10.3         46.5
  High school graduates, no college (1) ...............    5.6         64.1           7.4         28.4		
  Some college or associate degree ....................    6.6         74.0           5.8         20.2
  Bachelor's degree and higher (2) ....................    6.9         77.0           2.9         20.1		

White, non-Hispanic ...................................    6.4         75.2           5.1         19.7
  Less than a high school diploma .....................    6.2         57.5          11.7         30.8
  High school graduates, no college (1) ...............    6.0         74.6           6.8         18.6		
  Some college or associate degree ....................    6.5         78.8           4.7         16.6
  Bachelor's degree and higher (2) ....................    6.7         75.8           2.8         21.4		

Black, non-Hispanic ...................................    5.8	       62.2          10.7         27.1
  Less than a high school diploma .....................    4.3         39.0          15.9         45.1
  High school graduates, no college (1) ...............    5.6         59.0          12.6         28.4		
  Some college or associate degree ....................    6.4         68.3          10.0         21.7
  Bachelor's degree and higher (2) ....................    6.3         71.2           4.6         24.3		

Hispanic or Latino ....................................    5.6         72.1           6.5         21.3
  Less than a high school diploma .....................    4.9         59.9           9.2         31.0
  High school graduates, no college (1) ...............    5.8         69.8           8.2         22.0		
  Some college or associate degree ....................    5.7         77.1           5.5         17.4
  Bachelor's degree and higher (2) ....................	   5.8	       73.4           3.8         22.7		
	
   1  Includes persons with a high school diploma or equivalent (General Education Development (GED))
credential.
   2  Includes persons with bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees or professional degrees, such as law 
or medical degrees.
 
   NOTE:  This table excludes individuals who had not yet turned age 27 when interviewed in 2011-12. The National
Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 consists of young men and women who were ages 12 to 16 on December 31, 1996. 
Race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity groups are mutually exclusive but not exhaustive.  Other race groups, which 
are included in the overall totals, are not shown separately because their representation in the survey sample 
is not sufficiently large to provide statistically reliable estimates.  Educational attainment is determined as
of age 27.



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