Without a high school diploma, it is difficult to find one job that pays a living wage. For this reason, it is common for drop outs to work several jobs to make ends meet. Sometimes, even working several jobs is not enough.
Typically, those who live in poverty are more likely to drop out of high school. This is usually because the current demand for money overrides the necessity of an education. However, those who grow up in poverty and do not earn a high school diploma are more likely to remain in poverty.
There is a strong relationship between high school drop outs and the legal system. This is typically because they are unable to afford basic necessities. Due to the fact that they struggle to make a living, crime is an alternative in order to make a living.