Trends in the Well-Being of America's Children and Youth, 1997. ES 3.6 Detached Youth

04/01/1997

"Detached youth" refers to young people ages 16-19 who are neither in school nor working. This detachment, particularly if it lasts for several years, increases the risk that a young person, over time, will have lower earnings and a less stable employment history than his or her peers who stayed in school and/or secured jobs.26

Since 1975, the percentage of detached youth has fluctuated between 9 and 12 percent (see Table ES 3.6). In 1994, 10 percent of all youth ages 16-19 were detached.
 

Table ES 3.6 
Detached Youth: Percentage of 16-19 Year Olds  Who Are Both Not in School and Not Working,a 1975-1994

                 
 
1975 
1980 
1985 
1990 
1991 
1992 
1993 
1994 
 
_______ 
_______ 
_______ 
_______ 
_______ 
_______ 
_______ 
_______ 
Percent
12 
11 
11 
10 
10 
10 
10 
                 
Note: aThe figures represent a yearly average based on responses for the nine months youth typically are in school (September through May). Youth are asked about their activities for the week prior to the survey.
 
Source: Special tabulations of Current Population Survey microdata prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

 

26 Brett Brown. 1996. "Who are America's Disconnected Youth?," report prepared for the American Enterprise Institute.
 

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