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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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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Individuals born in the latter years of the baby boom held 11.9 jobs from ages 18 to 50

08/24/2017

Individuals born in the latter years of the baby boom held an average of 11.9 jobs from age 18 to age 50, 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 50 in 1978-2014 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 50 in 1978-2014 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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