View Americans at Age 31: Labor Market Activity, Education and Partner Status Summary

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today (April 13) that Americans born in the early 1980s held an average of 7.8 jobs from age 18 through age 30,  Individuals held more jobs at younger ages, and the number of jobs held declined as individuals aged. Young adults held an average of 4.6 jobs from ages 18 to 22 compared with 2.2 jobs from ages 27 to 30. While ages 18 to 30, women with more education held more jobs than women with less education. Regardless of education, men held a similar number of jobs.

Today’s release focuses on the educational attainment, employment experiences, and partner status of these individuals from their 18th birthday until they turned 31.

The complete release and access to data tables can be found at