What financial circumstances did high school non-completers experience? They were “working poor”, with most employed full or part time but earning less than $25,000 annually. At the same time, many (34.2%) managed to stay out of debt. High school non-completers struggled the most of any education subgroup through the economic downturn of 2007-8, with nearly half losing a job and nearly one-fourth experiencing a year or more of unemployment.
What adult roles did high school non-completers take on? Most of these young adults stayed close to where they originally attended high school; more than half rented their homes. They tended to be living with a partner and nearly half had at least two children.