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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  • Average number of jobs started by individuals from age 18 to age 46 by age and sex (PDF 5K)

  • Distribution of number of jobs held by individuals from age 18 to age 46 in 1978-2010 by educational attainment, sex, race, Hispanic ethnicity, and age (PDF 5K)

  • Number of unemployment spells experienced by individuals from age 18 to age 46 in 1978-2010 by age, sex, race, and Hispanic ethnicity (PDF 5K)

  • Number of unemployment spells experienced by individuals from age 18 to age 46 in 1978-2010 by educational attainment, sex, race, and Hispanic ethnicity (PDF 5K)

 

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