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February 10, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Young adults at school and work

School enrollment status of men and women born in 1980–84 during the October when they were age 24 (percent)
School enrollment status           Men                     Women          

High school dropout

11.2 9.2

High school graduate, not enrolled in college

47.8 43.0

GED recipient not enrolled in college

9.9 6.9

Enrolled in college

12.2 13.1

Bachelor's degree or more

18.7 27.6

These data are featured in the TED article, Young adults at school and work.


Percent of weeks individuals were employed from age 18 through age 24 in 1998–2009 by educational attainment, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity
Demographic characteristic Less than a high school diploma High school graduates, never enrolled in college Some college or associate degree    Bachelor's degree or more   


54.7 74.9 77.8 72.3


62.3 79.3 79.4 68.5


45.3 68.5 76.2 75.2

White, non-Hispanic

57.6 78.5 80.2 73.5

Black, non-Hispanic

42.4 62.3 69.8 69.3

Hispanic or Latino

60.7 74.7 77.5 71.7

These data are featured in the TED article, Young adults at school and work.



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