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There was a time when an American could get a job as a young person,…

  • September 15, 2019

There was a time when an American could get a job as a young person, and retire from that job many years later. You hear Americans talk about this fabled time in the country’s history as they bemoan the utter lack of job security we have today. But when was this time?

Some new statistics show that the time of job security in America ended long ago.

For example: Individuals born in the latter years of the baby boom (1957-64) held an average of 12.3 jobs from ages 18 to 52, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nearly half of these jobs were held from ages 18 to 24.

These findings are from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979, a survey of 9,964 men and women who were ages 14 to 22 when first interviewed in 1979 and ages 51 to 60 when interviewed most recently in 2016-17.

These respondents were born in the years 1957 to 1964, the latter years of the baby boom that occurred in the United States from 1946 to 1964.

The survey spans 37 years and provides information on work and nonwork experiences, education, training, income and assets, health, and other characteristics.

Information provided by respondents, who were interviewed annually from 1979 to 1994 and biennially since 1994, can be considered representative of all men and women born in the late 1950s and early 1960s and living in the United States when the survey began in 1979.

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