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Document Number: 5435

Language Minorities and Their Educational and Labor Market Indicators -- Recent Trends - This report provides a wealth of information, including trend data from 1979 through 1999, on U.S. children and young adults who speak a language other than English at home. The data include background on language characteristics (i.e., which native languages were spoken and how well language minorities were able to speak their native language and English); elementary and secondary enrollment; high school completion; postsecondary enrollment; educational attainment; and such economic indicators as family income and employment/occupation. A few interesting facts from the report: A majority of language minority youth and young adults were born in the United States. Language minority youth and young adults were more likely to be in low-income families than those from families who spoke only English at home. Spanish speakers represented at least 71% of all language minorities as of 1999. (Steven Klein, Rosio Bugarin, Renee Beltranena and Edith McArthur, National Center for Education Statistics, June 2004)...

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