November 23, 2015

More Than a Million Older Teens Aren’t Working or In School

In America, 1.3 million youth ages 16 to 19 were disconnected from both work and school in 2014. This figure represents a disconnection rate of 7% — and marks the statistic’s return to pre-recession levels.

Teens who leave school and do not enter the workforce are more likely to face a rougher road en route to adulthood, according to research.

At the state level, this disconnection rate varies. 11% of older teens in Alaska and Louisiana are disconnected from work and school whereas just 4% of older teens in Minnesota and Wyoming are both unemployed and absent from the classroom.


Explore more employment and education data — at the state and national level — in the KIDS COUNT Data Center.