Economic Security

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

What does this measure?

The percentage of the population between ages 16 and 19 that is not enrolled in school and not working (either unemployed or not in the labor force).

Why is this important?

Whether a young person is in school or working is an indicator of future success. Reasons for youth not being in the workforce or enrolled in school vary significantly, but one common factor is the level of literacy and math skills developed in school. The U.S. has a larger share of disengaged youth and individuals with low numeracy skills than other developed nations. Young people not in school or working are more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drug use and violence.

How is our region performing?

In 2013-17, 6% of the region's youth were neither working nor in school, similar to the state and nation (both at 7%) and virtually unchanged from 2000. The state and national rates both declined 2 percentage points since 2000. Monroe County's rate (5%) was similar to the region as a whole. The surrounding counties also had a similar rate, at 7%.

The City of Rochester rate, at 11%, was roughly double that of Monroe County and the overall region, though that rate represents a decrease of 3 percentage points (or 348 fewer disengaged youth) from 2000.

Notes about the data

The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are released annually in December.

Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19
20002008-122013-17
United States9%8%7%
NYS9%8%7%
NYS (excluding NYC)7%6%6%
Region7%7%6%
Monroe6%7%5%
Surrounding Counties8%8%7%
Rochester MSA7%7%6%
Genesee6%8%*4%***
Livingston5%3%**7%**
Ontario6%5%**4%**
Orleans17%19%*11%**
Seneca9%12%**5%***
Wayne8%8%*8%*
Wyoming7%7%**12%***
Yates10%12%**14%*
Rochester13%12%11%
Monroe County Suburbs3%4%*3%*
Batavia10%20%**6%***
Canandaigua9%3%***4%***
Geneva2%3%***4%***

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Disengaged means not in school and not working. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19
20002008-122013-17
United States1,423,2831,474,7551,185,044
NYS92,38387,95367,128
NYS (excluding NYC)40,20243,25736,940
Region4,6805,2883,975
Monroe2,5303,1132,161
Surrounding Counties2,1502,1751,814
Rochester MSA4,1474,4593,565
Genesee213269*127***
Livingston279141**326**
Ontario316304**258**
Orleans453477*231**
Seneca146205**73***
Wayne382424*372*
Wyoming174151**210***
Yates187204**217*
Rochester1,6421,6711,294
Monroe County Suburbs8881,442*867*
Batavia91170**45***
Canandaigua5317***15***
Geneva2352***59***

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Disengaged means not in school and not working. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.











Worse than NYS by 10% or more
Up to 10% worse than NYS
Equal to or better than NYS


INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


Worse than NYS by 10% or more
Up to 10% worse than NYS
Equal to or better than NYS





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