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The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Show More than a Million Disconnected U.S. Teens

In America, 1.3 million youth ages 16 to 19 were disconnected from both work and school in 2014, show new data from KIDS COUNT. This figure represents a disconnection rate of 7% — and marks the statistic’s return to pre-recession levels.

Teens who leave school and do not enter the workforce are more likely to face a rougher road en route to adulthood, according to research.

At the state level, this disconnection rate varies. 11% of older teens in Alaska and Louisiana are disconnected from work and school whereas just 4% of older teens in Minnesota and Wyoming are both unemployed and absent from the classroom.

See a state-by-state breakdown and learn more at the KIDS COUNT Data Center.