Nearly half of the Kentuckians who were 16 to 19 years of age in 2003 were counted among the state's civilian labor force, according to statistics compiled by the labor market research branch of the state's Department for Workforce Investment.
The total population of 16- to 19-year-olds in 2003 was 249,000, and of that number 114,000, or 46 percent of that population group, were or had been employed.
At the time the survey was done, 90,000 were employed while 24,000 were unemployed but looking for work.
Of the 114,000 16- to 19-year-olds listed in the state's labor force last year, 60,000 were male and 54,000 were female.
The age group with the largest representation in the state's labor force of nearly 2 million people was the 35- to 45-year-old population.