Census: 4.5 Percent of Older State Teens Are “Idle”

About one in every 25 older teens in Colorado is considered an “idle”  youth by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The bureau’s 2012, five-year American Community Survey found 4.5 percent of state teens between the ages of 16 and 19 are neither enrolled in school nor part of the workforce.

American Community Survey

American Community Survey

Colorado had the 17th lowest rate in the U.S., while New Hampshire had the smallest percentage at  2.4 percent and Louisiana had the highest rate, 8.1 percent.

The Colorado rate is down slightly from 2010 and 2011, when it was 4.7 percent and 4.8 percent, respectively.

The idleness rate varied by race and ethnicity in Colorado, the Census Bureau reported. It was 3.4 percent for white teens, compared to 6 percent for black youth and 7.1 percent for Latino teens.

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