Analysts examine percentage of disconnected youth, labor force participation rate, youth poverty, and more.
New Mexico has the second highest number of youth without a high school diploma and the fourth highest percentage of disconnected youth, making it the third worst state for young Americans.
The state ranked ninth — with one being the most at risk — in the categories of Youth Poverty Rate and Youth Labor Force Participation Rate. New Mexico also had the 11th highest percentage of overweight and obese youth.
The state had an average score of 25 in its percentage of youth drug users, and an above average score of 29 in its percentage of homeless youth, according to the personal-finance website’s list of this year’s “States with the Most At-Risk Youth.”
To determine the places where young Americans are not faring as well as others in the same age group, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 10 key indicators of youth risk:
— Share of Disconnected Youth (“Disconnected Youth” refers to the population aged 18 to 24 who are not attending school, not working and have no degree beyond a high school diploma.)
— Share of Youth with No High School Diploma (“Youth” refers to the population aged 18 to 24.)
— Share of NAEP-Proficient Students (“NAEP-Proficient Students” refers to those who performed at or above the eighth-grade math and eighth-grade reading proficiency levels of the National Assessment of Educational Progress assessments.)
— Share of Overweight and Obese Youth (“Youth” refers to the population aged 18 to 24.)
— Share of Youth Using Drugs in Past Year (“Youth” refers to the population aged 18 to 25.)
— Share of Physically, Mentally and Emotionally Inhibited Youth (“Youth” refers to the population aged 18 to 24 who are limited in any activities due to physical, mental and emotional problems. )
— Labor Force Participation Rate Among Youth (“Youth” refers to the population aged 16 to 24.)
— Share of AFQT Testers Scoring Above 50 (“AFQT Testers” refers to civilians who completed the Armed Forces Qualification Test to assess a potential recruit’s military trainability and ability to enlist. The lower a tester’s score, the poorer is their trainability.)
— Youth Poverty Rate (“Youth” refers to the population aged 18 to 24.)
— Share of Homeless Youth (“Youth” refers to the population aged 18 to 24.)
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