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. 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.

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nlsy97-cumulative

Click the graphic to enlarge chart: NLSY97 cumulative number of jobs held from age 18 through age 32 in 1998-2017, by age and sex.

nlsy97-percent

Click the graphic to enlarge chart: NLSY97 percent of weeks employed from age 18 through age 32 in 1998-2017, by educational attainment, race and Hispanic .

nlsy79-cumulative

Click the graphic to enlarge chart: NLSY79 cumulative number of jobs held from age 18 through age 52 in 1978-2016, by age and sex.

nlsy79-percent

Click the graphic to enlarge chart: NLSY79 percent of weeks employed from age 18 to age 52 in 1978-2016, by educational attainment, race, and Hispanic or Latinoethnicity.

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Latest 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 8.2 jobs from ages 18 through 32

05/05/2020

A longitudinal study of Americans born in the early 1980s reveals that individuals held an average of 8.2 jobs from ages 18 through 32. Over half of these jobs were held between the ages of 18 and 22. Individuals were employed for an average of 75 percent of weeks from ages 18 to 32.
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Publications

The Economics Daily

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60 percent of college graduates born from 1980 to 1984 were married at age 33

Fifty percent of Americans born from 1980 to 1984 were married at age 33. Another 17 percent were cohabiting (unmarried and living with a partner), and 33 percent were single (not married and not living with a partner). read more »

Spotlight on Statistics

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Labor Market Activity of Blacks in the United States

Observed during the month of February since 1976, Black History Month celebrates the contributions of African Americans throughout the history of the United States. read more »