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Percentage of High-School Dropouts among 16-24 Year Olds, by SES and Race/Ethnicity, 1970-2012

Based on data reported by the National Center for Education Statistics, the overall percentage of high school dropouts among 16-24 year olds has decreased substantially across income and racial groups over the past four decades. Even with these declines, low-income youth are much more likely to drop out than high-income youth, and non-Hispanic Blacks drop out at a rate more than double that of non-Hispanic Whites.

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