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National Longitudinal Surveys: Overview

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.

Quick Facts: National Longitudinal Surveys
Subject areas Employment, Pay, Work experience
Key measures
  • Number of jobs held
  • Spells of unemployment
How the data are obtained Survey of households
Classification system Demographic
Periodicity of data availability Annual
Geographic detail National
Scope Civilian noninstitutional population, Military
Key products
  • Longitudinal microdata
  • Number of jobs held, labor market activity, and earnings growth news release
Program webpage

Last Modified Date: September 30, 2015