March 2011

BLS Spotlight on Statistics: School's Out

Chart Data

What Proportion of Youth Are Working?

 

Employment-population ratio, age 1619 years and 1624 years, July, 19502010
Year Age
16 to 19 years 16 to 24 years

1950

55.2 58.6

1951

58.9 61.5

1952

57.5 59.3

1953

56.6 58.6

1954

51.3 54.7

1955

54.2 57.2

1956

57.7 59.8

1957

56.2 60.0

1958

49.0 54.4

1959

50.8 56.1

1960

52.6 57.4

1961

50.5 55.2

1962

52.0 57.0

1963

48.1 55.3

1964

49.2 56.2

1965

52.1 58.6

1966

56.0 60.8

1967

55.9 61.2

1968

55.3 61.2

1969

56.6 62.2

1970

54.5 60.7

1971

53.6 59.7

1972

55.2 61.5

1973

57.3 64.0

1974

57.0 64.1

1975

54.6 61.1

1976

56.6 63.7

1977

57.6 64.7

1978

60.1 66.9

1979

59.9 67.6

1980

57.8 65.1

1981

55.7 64.8

1982

52.1 61.8

1983

53.5 63.3

1984

56.7 66.1

1985

56.6 65.9

1986

56.7 66.7

1987

57.3 67.3

1988

59.6 68.5

1989

59.6 69.2

1990

56.4 67.0

1991

52.3 63.5

1992

52.0 63.8

1993

53.3 64.6

1994

54.0 64.7

1995

54.8 64.9

1996

54.0 64.1

1997

53.0 64.6

1998

54.7 64.9

1999

54.5 65.2

2000

53.5 64.8

2001

51.5 63.3

2002

47.7 60.9

2003

43.7 58.3

2004

43.9 58.9

2005

44.3 59.3

2006

44.9 59.2

2007

42.3 58.0

2008

39.2 56.0

2009

35.0 51.4

2010

31.3 48.9

Source: Current Population Survey | Chart

 

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