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Idaho: Teens unemployed and not in school

These data come from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. They are based on averages of data collected in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. These estimates cannot be used to say what is going on in any particular year in the period, only what the average value is over the full period. The Census Bureau's American Factfinder provides 3-year estimates for counties with at 20,000 people, and 1-year estimates for counties with at least 65,000 people. We use 5-year estimates because they are available for all counties and allow comparison to other counties within the region.
 
Teenagers who are neither working, looking for work, nor in school are usually “hanging out” with nothing to do and no place to go.
In Idaho . . .
  • Teens who were not working, looking for work, or in school made up 7.8 percent of all youth age 16-19 in 2011-2015, compared to 7.6 percent in the U.S..

  • The proportion of teens in this group was down from 8.0 percent in 1990 to 7.8 percent in 2011-2015.
 

To get the most out of this indicator . . .

 

Ask questions:

 

·         What percent of local teens are “idle,” e.g. not in school, working, or looking for work?

 

Look at other indicators:

 

·         “Education: High school dropout rate” – If your county had a high percentage of idle teens in 2007-2011, check out high school dropout rates to see how they’ve changed over time.

 

Dig deeper:

 

·         Look at the county rankings for your state and/or view maps to see how your county compares to others.

·         Take a Big Picture view of your county.

·         If you have specific questions, send us an e-mail.



Note: "Teens unemployed and not in school" are people 16-19 years old who are not working and not attending school. The ACS data are estimates based on a five-year average, meaning that data gathered from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 are averaged together to come up with the results shown here. There is no problem with comparing these data to census data from 2000. For a technical discussion of the "margins of error" associated with ACS estimates, please see: (http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Downloads/data_documentation/Accuracy/MultiyearACSAccuracyofData2011.pdf.)

Source: 1990 & 2000: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Census of Population and Housing, (http://factfinder2.census.gov);
2007-2015: U.S. Bureau of the Census, American Community Survey, American Factfinder, (http://factfinder2.census.gov);
DATE LAST UPDATED: December 8, 2016.



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