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Trends: Employment Rates for Young People Age 16-19

Teenage (age 16-19) Employment Rates: These data are the rate of teenagers (age 16-19) who are employed.  Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.   

Note: these data do not indicate the overall number of youth in foster care relative to a state’s total child population. Obtain this important information here.

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Note: The American Community Survey estimates are published with their margins of error at the 90 percent confidence level. The confidence level of a margin of error indicates the likelihood that the difference between the population value and the sample estimate is less than or equal to the margin of error.


Other studies can assist in understanding youth financial literacy and stability.  For example, the National Council on Economic Education’s (NCEE) conducts the Survey of the States: Economics and Personal Finance Education in Our Nation’s Schools every two years.  This survey provides information of national progress on implementing a K-12 personal financial education agenda.  The 2011 report reveals the following: personal finance is included to some extent in the educational standards of 46 states; 36 states now require these standards to be implemented; 14 states require a personal finances course to be offered; only 13 states require students to take a personal finance course as a high school graduation requirement; only 5 states require the testing of student knowledge in the area of personal finance.


The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy has been measuring financial literacy since 1997.  Their survey of Financial Literacy Among High School Students has become one of the most widely references resources in understanding what young people know and don’t know about personal finance.