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. NLS data have served as an important tool for economists, sociologists, and other researchers for more than 50 years. Learn about the different NLS cohorts.
Click the graphic to enlarge chart: NLSY79 cumulative number of jobs held from age 18 to age 56 in 1978-2020, by sex and age.
Click the graphic to enlarge chart: NLSY79 percent of weeks employed from age 18 to age 56 in 1978-2020, by educational attainment, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.
Click the graphic to enlarge chart: NLSY79 percent of weeks not in the labor force from age 18 to age 56 in 1978-2020, by sex and age.
Click the graphic to enlarge chart: NLSY79 marital status at age 24, age 34, age 44, and age 56 by educational attainment.
A longitudinal study of Americans born in the early 1980s reveals that individuals held an
average of 8.6 jobs from ages 18 through 34. Over half of these jobs were held between the
ages of 18 and 23. Individuals were employed for an average of 75 percent of weeks from ages
18 to 34.
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This article reviews data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 on the likelihoods of work and telework associated with characteristics related to demographics, education, geography, and prepandemic jobs. read more »
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In an effort to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic affected labor market experience, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (NLSY97) fielded a short supplemental survey to gather information from its sample members on work and working conditions, among other topics. read more »