Teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working

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Teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working

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Teens who leave school and do not become part of the workforce are at high risk of experiencing negative outcomes as they transition to adulthood. While those who have dropped out of school are clearly vulnerable, many young people who have finished school but are not working are also at a disadvantage in terms of achieving economic success in adulthood.

This indicator is included in the KIDS COUNT Child Well-Being Index. Read the KIDS COUNT Data Book to learn more: http://datacenter.kidscount.org/publications.

Read Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity.



Definitions: Teenagers between age 16 and 19 who are not enrolled in school (full- or part-time) and not employed (full- or part-time).

This measure is sometimes referred to as “Idle Teens” or “Disconnected Youth.”

Data Source: Population Reference Bureau, analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2008 - 2014 American Community Survey.

These data were derived from American Fact Finder table B14005 (factfinder2.census.gov/).

Footnotes: Updated October 2015.
S - Estimates suppressed when the confidence interval around the percentage is greater than or equal to 10 percentage points.
N.A. – Data not available.
Data are provided for the 50 most populous cities according to the most recent Census counts.  Cities for which data is collected may change over time.
A 90 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at Teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working.