Table 6. Percent of weeks individuals were employed, unemployed, or not in the labor force from age 18 through age 26 in 1998-2011 by partner status, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

Table 6. Percent of weeks individuals were employed, unemployed, or not in the labor force from age 18 through age 26 in 1998-2011 by partner
status, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

                                                                    Percent of total weeks ages 18-26 in 1998-2011
                                                       Single                          Married                          Cohabiting
Characteristic                             Employed  Unemployed  Not in    Employed  Unemployed  Not in     Employed  Unemployed  Not in
                                                              labor force                     labor force                       labor force

Total, ages 18 to 26 in 1998-2011 ........    69.7      7.1       23.2        76.5      4.5       19.0        72.1       6.9        21.1
  Less than a high school diploma ........    49.3     13.0       37.7        60.7     10.5       28.8        53.2      11.7        35.2
  High school graduates, no college (1) ..    67.1      9.7       23.1        75.6      5.9       18.5        71.4       8.1        20.5
  Some college or associate degree .......    74.2      6.8       18.9        79.3      4.1       16.6        77.1       6.3        16.6
  Bachelor's degree and higher (2) .......    72.0      3.3       24.7        77.4      2.6       20.0        75.5       3.3        21.3

Men ......................................    70.4      7.5       22.2        81.8      5.0       13.3        74.6       7.5        17.8
  Less than a high school diploma ........    52.7     14.8       32.5        73.9     11.3       14.9        66.7      12.9        20.4
  High school graduates, no college (1) ..    70.0     10.1       20.0        85.4      6.0        8.6        75.6       8.7        15.7
  Some college or associate degree .......    76.2      6.5       17.4        85.4      4.3       10.3        76.4       6.6        17.0
  Bachelor's degree and higher (2) .......    68.3      3.5       28.2        75.4      2.7       21.9        74.5       2.8        22.7

Women  ...................................    68.9      6.6       24.6        72.4      4.1       23.5        69.7       6.2        24.1
  Less than a high school diploma ........    44.7     10.6       44.7        44.1      9.5       46.4        40.5      10.4        49.1
  High school graduates, no college (1) ..    61.9      9.1       29.0        65.4      5.7       28.9        65.8       7.4        26.8
  Some college or associate degree .......    71.8      7.3       20.9        74.6      4.0       21.5        77.7       6.1        16.2
  Bachelor's degree and higher (2) .......    75.8      3.2       21.0        78.6      2.5       18.9        76.0       3.5        20.5

White, non-Hispanic ......................    73.4      5.7       20.9        77.7      4.0       18.3        74.2       6.0        19.8
  Less than a high school diploma ........    53.9     13.0       33.1        63.7     10.6       25.7        55.2      11.1        33.7
  High school graduates, no college (1) ..    72.8      8.0       19.2        77.0      5.1       17.9        74.1       7.2        18.7
  Some college or associate degree .......    77.0      5.4       17.6        80.4      3.6       16.0        79.1       5.4        15.5
  Bachelor's degree and higher (2) .......    73.9      3.0       23.0        77.8      2.5       19.7        75.4       3.2        21.4

Black, non-Hispanic ......................    60.4      10.9      28.6        69.6      8.7       21.6        63.0      11.5        25.5
  Less than a high school diploma ........    36.7      15.5      47.8        39.9     17.1       43.0        44.6      16.6        38.9
  High school graduates, no college (1) ..    55.4      13.3      31.4        70.4     10.6       19.0        64.4      11.8        23.8
  Some college or associate degree .......    67.3      10.2      22.5        74.4      7.9       17.7        66.5      11.1        22.4
  Bachelor's degree and higher (2) .......    69.7       4.9      25.5        73.5      3.9       22.6        76.0       3.8        20.2

Hispanic or Latino .......................    71.5       7.2      21.3        73.3      5.4       21.3        71.6       6.8        21.6
  Less than a high school diploma ........    59.1       9.9      31.0        59.7      7.8       32.5        61.1       9.7        29.2
  High school graduates, no college (1) ..    69.2       9.2      21.6        72.5      7.3       20.2        67.1       7.4        25.6
  Some college or associate degree .......    77.2       6.2      16.5        76.6      4.2       19.1        77.8       5.9        16.2
  Bachelor's degree and higher (2) .......    69.1       4.5      26.5        77.4      3.0       19.7        80.0       3.5        16.5

   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. 
Partner status is determined during the interview in the year the individual turned 27.



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