Teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working by county, five-year averages in Maine

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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 show
The overall state rate for 2016-2020 for teens ages 16-19 not working or in school is 3.7% or an estimated 2,336 youth in Maine. This is above than the previous 5-year rate of 3.3%, and likely due to the rate of teens not in school and not working higher in 2020 due to the pandemic.

For the latest 5-year period, 2016-2020 the rate of teens age 16-19 not working in school varied between a high of 14.6% in Lincoln County to a low of under 1% in Sagadahoc and 1.4% in Franklin County. The counties with the highest rates of teens not in school and not working for the period 2016-2020 other than Lincoln County were Oxford at 6.5% and Waldo at 6.1%.

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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 2020 refers to surveys from 2016-2020.  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 March 2022