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Table 1. Labor force status of 2021 high school graduates and 2020-2021 high school dropouts 16 to 24 years old by school enrollment, educational attainment, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, October 2021

Table 1. Labor force status of 2021 high school graduates and 2020-2021 high school dropouts 16 to 24 years old by school enrollment, educational attainment, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, October 2021
[Numbers in thousands]
Characteristic Civilian
noninsti-
tutional
population
Civilian labor force Not in labor
force
Total Percent of
population
Employed Unemployed
Total Percent of
population
Number Rate

RECENT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

Total, 2021 high school graduates(1)

2,731 1,258 46.1 1,060 38.8 199 15.8 1,473

Men

1,444 696 48.2 586 40.6 110 15.8 748

Women

1,287 562 43.7 474 36.8 89 15.8 725

White

2,022 1,003 49.6 858 42.4 145 14.4 1,019

Black or African American

397 126 31.7 108 27.3 17 13.9 271

Asian

142 34 24.3 23 16.0 12 - 108

Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

626 326 52.1 251 40.0 76 23.2 300

Enrolled in college

Total, enrolled in college

1,688 560 33.2 513 30.4 48 8.5 1,128

Enrolled in 2-year college

506 242 47.7 228 44.9 14 5.8 265

Enrolled in 4-year college

1,182 319 27.0 285 24.1 34 10.6 863

Full-time students

1,533 477 31.1 433 28.3 43 9.0 1,057

Part-time students

155 84 54.1 79 51.1 5 5.5 71

Men

793 276 34.9 249 31.4 27 9.9 517

Women

895 284 31.7 263 29.4 20 7.2 611

White

1,234 451 36.6 428 34.7 23 5.2 783

Black or African American

243 48 19.6 40 16.5 8 - 195

Asian

122 19 15.7 11 8.7 9 - 103

Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

367 149 40.6 142 38.6 7 4.9 218

Not enrolled in college

Total, not enrolled in college

1,044 698 66.9 547 52.4 151 21.6 345

Men

651 420 64.4 337 51.8 83 19.7 232

Women

392 279 71.0 210 53.6 68 24.5 114

White

788 552 70.0 430 54.6 121 22.0 236

Black or African American

154 78 50.7 68 44.4 10 12.5 76

Asian

20 15 - 12 - 3 - 5

Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

259 177 68.4 109 42.0 68 38.6 82

RECENT HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS

Total, 2020-2021 high school dropouts(2)

449 176 39.1 148 33.0 27 15.6 273

Men

256 88 34.4 69 26.8 19 22.1 168

Women

193 88 45.4 80 41.2 8 9.1 106

White

337 150 44.4 127 37.6 23 15.4 187

Black or African American

63 20 - 16 - 4 - 43

Asian

13 3 - 3 - - - 9

Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

145 43 30.0 31 21.4 12 - 101

(1) Data refer to persons who graduated from high school in January through October 2021.
(2) Data refer to persons who dropped out of school between October 2020 and October 2021.

NOTE: Detail for the above race groups (White, Black or African American, and Asian) do not sum to totals because data are not presented for all races. Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data. Dash indicates no data or data that do not meet publication criteria (values not shown where base is less than 75,000).

Last Modified Date: April 26, 2022