The National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) are a set of surveys designed to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market activities and other significant life events of several groups of men and women. For more than 4 decades, NLS data have served as an important tool for economists, sociologists, and other researchers.

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Young adults born in the early 1980s held an average of 7.2 jobs from ages 18 through 28

04/08/2016

A longitudinal study of individuals born in the early 1980s reveals that young adults held an average of 7.2 jobs from ages 18 through 28. Over half of these jobs were held between the ages of 18 and 21. Young adults were employed for an average of 74 percent of weeks from ages 18 to 28.
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Persons born in the latter years of the baby boom hold 11.7 jobs from ages 18 to 48

03/31/2015

The average person born in the latter years of the baby boom (1957-1964) held 11.7 jobs from ages 18 to 48, with nearly half of these jobs held from ages 18 to 24.
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NUMBER OF JOBS HELD

  • NLSY79: Number of jobs held by individuals from age 18 to age 48 in 1978-2012 by educational attainment, sex, race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, and age HTML | XLSX
  • NLSY97: Number of jobs held by individuals from age 18 through age 28 in 1998-2013 by educational attainment, sex, race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, and age HTML | XLSX

DURATION OF EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIPS WITH A SINGLE EMPLOYER

  • NLSY79: Duration of employment relationships with a single employer for all jobs started from age 18 to age 48 in 1978-2012 by age at start of job, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity HTML | XLSX
  • NLSY97: Duration of employment relationship with a single employer for all jobs started from age 18 through age 28 in 1998-2013 by educational attainment, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity HTML | XLSX

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