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For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Friday, April 8, 2011 USDL-11-0462 Technical information: (202) 691-6378 * email@example.com * www.bls.gov/cps Media contact: (202) 691-5902 * PressOffice@bls.gov COLLEGE ENROLLMENT AND WORK ACTIVITY OF 2010 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES In October 2010, 68.1 percent of 2010 high school graduates were enrolled in colleges or universities, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Recent high school graduates not enrolled in college in October 2010 were more likely than enrolled graduates to be working or looking for work (76.6 percent compared with 40.0 percent). //HSGEC ZUNI3PO Test 11/2/2020// Information on school enrollment and work activity is collected monthly in the Current Population Survey (CPS), a nationwide survey of about 60,000 households that provides information on employment and unemployment. Each October, a supplement to the CPS gathers more detailed information about school enrollment, such as full- and part-time enrollment status. Additional information about the October supplement is included in the Technical Note. Recent High School Graduates and Dropouts Of the 3.2 million youth age 16 to 24 who graduated from high school between January and October 2010, about 2.2 million (68.1 percent) were enrolled in college in October 2010. The college enrollment rate of recent high school graduates was slightly lower than the record high set in October 2009 (70.1 percent). For 2010 graduates, the college enrollment rate was 74.0 percent for young women and 62.8 percent for young men. The college enrollment rate of Asians (84.0 percent) was higher than for recent white (68.6 percent), black (61.4 percent), and Hispanic (59.6 percent) graduates. (See table 1.) The labor force participation rate (the proportion of the population working or looking for work) for recent high school graduates enrolled in college was 40.0 percent. The participation rates for male and female graduates enrolled in college were about the same (41.1 and 38.9 percent, respectively). Among recent high school graduates enrolled in college in October 2010, 90.4 percent were full-time students. Recent graduates enrolled as full-time students were about half as likely to be in the labor force (36.7 percent) as were their peers enrolled part time (71.3 percent). About 6 in 10 recent high school graduates who were enrolled in college attended 4-year institutions. Of these students, 32.0 percent participated in the labor force, compared with 52.4 percent of recent graduates enrolled in 2-year colleges. Recent high school graduates not enrolled in college in the fall of 2010 were more likely than enrolled graduates to be in the labor force (76.6 percent compared with 40.0 percent). The unemployment rate for recent high school graduates not enrolled in school was 33.4 percent, compared with 22.8 percent for recent graduates enrolled in college. Between October 2009 and October 2010, 340,000 young people dropped out of high school. The labor force participation rate for recent dropouts (53.9 percent) was lower than for recent high school graduates not enrolled in college (76.6 percent). The jobless rate for recent high school dropouts was 42.7 percent, compared with 33.4 percent for recent high school graduates not enrolled in college. All Youth Enrolled in High School or College In October 2010, 58.0 percent of the nation's 16- to -24 year olds, or 22.0 million young people, either were enrolled in high school (9.6 million) or in college (12.4 million). The labor force participation rate (38.6 percent) and unemployment rate (16.8 percent) of youth enrolled in school were essentially unchanged from October 2009 to October 2010. (See table 2.) In October 2010, college students continued to be more likely to participate in the labor force than high school students (51.3 percent compared with 22.1 percent). About 85 percent of college students were enrolled full time. Those attending college full time had a much lower labor force participation rate than did part-time students. Asian college students were less likely to participate in the labor force than black, white, or Hispanic college students. Female college students were more likely to be in the labor force (53.5 percent) than their male counterparts (48.8 percent). Female high school students were also somewhat more likely to be in the labor force (24.2 percent) than were males (20.1 percent). The unemployment rate for high school students, at 28.8 percent in October 2010, was more than twice the rate for college students (12.8 percent). Unemployment rates for black (49.3 percent) and Hispanic (32.7 percent) high school students continued to be higher than for white students (24.8 percent). All Youth Not Enrolled in School In October 2010, 15.9 million persons age 16 to 24 were not enrolled in school. The labor force participation rate of youth not enrolled in school was little changed from a year earlier at 79.4 percent in October 2010. Among youth not enrolled in school in October 2010, men continued to be more likely than women to participate in the labor force--83.7 percent compared with 74.8 percent. Labor force participation rates for not-enrolled men and women were highest for college graduates and lowest for those with less than a high school diploma. (See table 2.) The unemployment rate for youths age 16 to 24 not enrolled in school fell from 20.3 percent in October 2009 to 18.7 percent in October 2010. Among the educational attainment categories, unemployment rates for youth not in school were in October 2010 highest for those without a high school diploma--27.7 percent for young men and 31.4 percent for young women. In contrast, the jobless rates for young male and female college graduates were 9.9 percent and 9.3 percent, respectively. Black youth not enrolled in school had an unemployment rate of 30.0 percent in October 2010, higher than the rates for their white (16.2 percent), Asian (20.8 percent), and Hispanic (20.8 percent) counterparts.