Table 8. Percent of weeks individuals were employed, unemployed and not in the labor force from age 18 through age 26 in 1998-2011 by presence of children, educational attainment, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

Table 8.  Percent of weeks individuals were employed, unemployed and not in the labor force from age 18 through 
age 26 in 1998-2011 by presence of children, educational attainment, sex, race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

Characteristic                                     Percent of total weeks while ages 18 to 26 in 1998-2011					
                                                     No children                         With children		
                                            Employed  Unemployed  Not in      Employed  Unemployed  Not in
                                                                labor force                       labor force

Total .....................................  73.9        5.8       20.3         70.4       6.7       22.9 
  Less than a high school diploma .........  50.7       13.8       35.5         55.3      10.8       34.0
  High school graduates, no college (1) ...  72.0        8.8       19.2         69.6       7.6       22.8
  Some college or associate degree ........  78.5        5.7       15.7         74.0       5.9       20.2
  Bachelor's degree and higher (2) ........  74.1        3.1       22.8         76.5       2.7       20.8
						
Men .......................................  72.5        6.6       20.9         79.2       7.2       13.7
Women .....................................  75.9        4.7       19.4         65.3       6.4       28.3

White, non-Hispanic .......................  76.6        4.8       18.6         73.0       5.5       21.4
  Men .....................................  75.7        5.4       18.9         82.0       6.1       11.9
  Women ...................................  77.9        4.0       18.1         67.5       5.1       27.3

Black, non-Hispanic .......................  62.0       10.6       27.4         62.5      10.8       26.7
  Men .....................................  60.0       11.4       28.6         68.7      11.0       20.3
  Women ...................................  66.1        8.9       25.0         59.6      10.8       29.6

Hispanic or Latino ........................  74.9        6.6       18.5         69.0       6.4       24.5
  Men .....................................  74.3        7.3       18.5         78.4       7.6       14.1
  Women ...................................  76.0        5.4       18.6         62.8       5.7       31.5

    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. 
Presence of own or partner's children in the household are determined during the interview in the year the 
individual turned 27.



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