Teens not graduated, not enrolled and not working

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Why This Indicator Matters

Teenagers, especially those who are neither in school or working, may face difficulties transitioning from youth to adult society. Such detachment puts youth at increased risk for having lower earning and a less stable employment history than their peers who stayed in school or secured jobs. Reconnecting youth to education and employment requires a multifaceted approach. Young people need multiple and flexible pathways to success that meet their varied needs- combining education, training and supportive services as well as strong relationships with adults. In order to thrive during the transition to adulthood, young people need to develop self-management skills through positive work experiences and need a network of resources to tap into. By coordinating the initiatives of national policymakers with the resources of local communities, and by creating career pathways for youth by supporting public and private investment that produces new jobs, youth can be reconnected to the labor market and their needs of economic stability can be met.
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Three-year Average of Persons 16-19 Years Not Graduated, Not Enrolled, and Not Employed

Teenagers ages 16-19 who are not in school and not employed are also referred to as "disconnected youth"

Data Source: Analysis of Current Population Survey. Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research, University of Delaware.

Footnotes:

*Some Delaware indicators are presented as three- or five- year averages because rates based on small numbers of events in this modestly-populated state can vary dramatically from year to year. A three- or five- year average is less susceptible to distortion. In these cases, it is helpful to look at trends rather than at actual numbers, rates or percentages due to the small numbers.