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

Posted November 18, 2015, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

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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.

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