Change Indicator

Teens ages 16 to 19 not in school and not working by race in United States

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Youth ages 16 to 19 who are not enrolled in school (full- or part-time) and not employed (full- or part-time) by race and ethnicity. This measure is sometimes referred to as “Idle Teens” or “Disconnected Youth.”

Data Source

PRB analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.


S - Estimates suppressed when the confidence interval around the percentage is greater than or equal to 10 percentage points.

N.A. – Data not available.

Beginning in 2020, any comparisons to prior estimates by race and ethnicity should be made with caution. Differences may be the result of demographic changes and/or differences in question wording, race reporting, or coding updates. For more information, visit the ACS Race User Note: Improvements to the Race Question.

A 90 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at: Teens ages 16 to 19 not in school and not working by race.

Last Updated

April 2024