A high school diploma has become the bare minimum expected by employers these days, but in 2008-2009, 8,180 New Jersey students didn't stay the course. Instead, they dropped out.
The largest group of dropouts were black males (1,692), followed closely by Hispanic males (1,512). More black females left school before graduation that year (1,404) than white males (1,299). A total of 1,167 Hispanic females and 931 white females dropped out.
In terms of location, 1,231 dropouts lived in Essex County, followed by Union County (977), Passaic (776) and Mercer (743). The lowest number of dropouts came from Hunterdon (58) and Somerset (82) counties.