Indicators of Welfare Dependence: Annual Report to Congress, 1997. Teen Behavior Risk Factor 6. Detached Youth

10/01/1997

Teens who are neither in school nor working are likely to be at significant risk of dependence.

Table TEEN 6. Percentage of Youth Age 16 to 19 who are Neither in School nor Working

  1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
Percent Age 16 - 19 Not in School and Not Working 12 11 11 10 10 10 9 10

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Trends in the Well-Being of America's Children and Youth: 1997. Table ES 3.6.

  • In 1975, 12 percent of youth age 16 to 19 were not in school and not working. This percentage gradually declined from 1975 (12 percent) to 1990 (10 percent) and remained fairly stable between 1990 to 1994.