Youth attending school full time
The proportion of young adults going to school full time has levelled off
After significant increases throughout the 1980s and most of the 1990s, the proportion of youth aged 15 to 24 years attending school full time reached a peak of 58.1% in 1997, much higher than the 40.6% in 1976. For the last 10 years, the proportion of youth attending school full time has remained steady, from 56.0% to 57.6%. In 2007, 2.5 million youths were attending school full time, 56.6% of all 15- to 24-year-olds.
For the last decade, more young women have been attending school than young men. By 2007, 59.0% of 15- to 24-year-old women were attending school full time, compared with 54.4% of young men. Young women aged 20 to 24 were the only group to have an increase in their school attendance rate during the period from 1997 to 2007, from 35.3% to 37.8%, respectively.
Proportion of youth attending school full time,
by age, 1976 to 2007
Note: School months are an average of January to April and September to December.
Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, CANSIM table 282-0005.
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