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Table 6. Percent of weeks employed or not employed between the October when ages 20 and 21 for young adults not enrolled in school during October at ages 20 and 21 by high school graduation status, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

Table 6. Percent of weeks employed or not employed between the October when ages 20 and 21 for young
adults not enrolled in school during October at ages 20 and 21 by high school graduation status, sex,
race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

(Percent distribution)

                                            Percent of weeks between October when ages 20 and 21
High school graduation status
during the October when age 21          Total                Employed (1)                   Not 
                                                 Total   1 to 29   30 to 39    40 hours   employed
                                                          hours     hours      or more

High school dropouts ..............     100.0    57.1      5.2      11.7        38.9        42.3

  Men .............................     100.0    63.5      4.7      10.0        46.8        36.3
  Women ...........................     100.0    48.8      5.9      13.9        28.4        50.2

  White, non-Hispanic .............     100.0    64.4      6.0      13.5        43.5        35.0
  Black, non-Hispanic .............     100.0    38.9      5.6       9.0        22.6        60.3
  Hispanic or Latino ..............     100.0    56.8      2.1      10.3        43.9        42.8

High school graduates,
 not enrolled in college(2) .......     100.0    76.6      6.2      12.4        56.5        22.7

  Men .............................     100.0    81.4      4.8      10.0        65.1        18.2
  Women ...........................     100.0    70.7      7.9      15.3        46.0        28.3

  White, non-Hispanic .............     100.0    80.0      6.3      13.1        59.1        19.3
  Black, non-Hispanic .............     100.0    66.2      6.4      11.3        46.4        33.3
  Hispanic or Latino ..............     100.0    73.5      4.9      10.1        57.0        26.1

   1 The employed category includes both civilian employment and service in the Armed Forces.  All
weeks when serving in the Armed Forces are included in the "40 hours or more" category.
   2 Respondents who have received a General Educational Development (GED) credential are counted as
high school graduates.
   NOTE:  The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 consists of young men and women who were
ages 12 to 16 on December 31, 1996.  Race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity groups are mutually
exclusive but not exhaustive.  Other race groups, which are included in the overall totals, are not
shown separately because their representation in the survey sample is not sufficiently large to pro-
vide statistically reliable estimates.  Some categories do not sum to the totals because employment
status or work hours could not be determined for some respondents during some weeks.





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