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National Longitudinal Surveys
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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.

NLS General Overviews

 

NLS News Releases

Persons born in the latter years of the baby boom hold 12.3 jobs from ages 18 to 52

08/22/2019

Individuals born in the latter years of the baby boom held an average of 12.3 jobs from ages 18 to 52, with nearly half of these jobs held from ages 18 to 24.
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Americans born in the early 1980s hold an average of 7.8 jobs from ages 18 through 30

04/17/2018

Americans born in the early 1980s held an average of 7.8 jobs from ages 18 through 30. Over half of these jobs were held between the ages of 18 and 22. Individuals were employed for an average of 74 percent of weeks from ages 18 to 30.
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NLS Tables

Data from NLSY79 Round 27 News Release HTML | PDF | RSS and the NLSY97 Round 17 News Release HTML | PDF | RSS

Most-Requested NLS Tables

NUMBER OF JOBS HELD

  • NLSY79: Number of jobs held by individuals from age 18 to age 52 in 1978-2016 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 30 in 1998-2015 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 52 in 1978-2016 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 30 in 1998-2015 by educational attainment, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity HTML | XLSX

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NLS Publications

General publications

  • NLS Handbook of Methods
  • "NLS News" Newsletter --This quarterly newsletter included information about new data releases, error notices, completed NLS research and other information of interest to researchers. It has been discontinued and its information can now be obtained on NLSinfo.org

Technical Manuals at NLSinfo.org

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