Teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working by county (5 yr ACS) in Maine

Change Indicator

Why This Indicator Matters

Teens ages 16 to 19 who are not in school or working are at high risk of experiencing negative outcomes as they transition to adulthood. Limited skills and work history — combined with few financial resources to invest in developing the necessary skills or qualifications — restrict access to good jobs as well as future higher wages. 

What the data shows
For the latest 5 year period, 2015-2019 the rate of teens age 16-19 not working in school varied between a high of 8.6% in Lincoln County to a low of under 1% in Sagadahoc and Hancock Counties and 1.1% in Cumberland County. The overall state rate for 2015-2019 is 3.3% or an estimated  2,085 youth in Maine. This is slightly lower than the previous 5-year rate of 3.5%.

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Definitions: Teenagers between age 16 and 19 who are not enrolled in school (full- or part-time) and not employed (full- or part-time) or actively looking for work, and thus not in the labor force.

Data Source: American Community Survey 5-year data, Table B14005.


 

Footnotes: This is based on 5 year sample data, so 2019 refers to surveys from 2015-2019.  Note that youth who are unemployed but actively looking for work are counted as being in the labor force. This measure is the number of teens not in the labor force and not in school.

s means the number and percent are too small to show and are estimated to be below half of one percent.

Updated December 2020