For this indicator high school dropouts are defined as individuals ages 16 to 24 who were not currently enrolled in school and had not completed high school or obtained a ged overall the dropout rate has declined considerably from 15 percent in 1970 to 6 percent in 2016. High school dropout facts americas high school dropout rate hit a record low in 2013 only seven percent of people between the ages of 18 and 24 had dropped out 1 that resulted in a high school graduation rate of 814 percent the highest on record 2 still when you widen that age group to also include 16 and 17 year olds the number of dropouts totaled over 26 million people in 2013 3 . A high school dropout will earn 200000 less than a high school graduate over his lifetime and almost a million dollars less than a college graduate in 2010 38 states had higher graduation rates. How costly is the decision to drop out of high school consider a few figures about life without a diploma 20241 the average dropout can expect to earn an annual income of 20241 according . The national high school dropout rate fell to 34 514238 students down from 41 the previous year thats the lowest its been since at least 2002 03
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