About the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS)

The NLS, sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, are nationally representative surveys that follow the same sample of individuals from specific birth cohorts over time. The surveys collect data on labor market activity, schooling, fertility, program participation, health, and much, much more. Choose a cohort below to learn more.

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Explore the Tutorials

Learn how to approach research projects, search for and extract data, and then program with NLS data.


Introduction to the Investigator

Learn how to use the online NLS data search and extraction site to create your own data sets.


NLS Learning Opportunities: Booth Schedule at Conferences

Going to a professional conference this year? The NLS User Services booth will be making its appearance at several conferences in 2016. Stop by to get some hands-on instruction (or just to say hi). 

Latest Information from the NLS

Newest Data Release [6/15/2016]: Preliminary 2014 NLSY79 Young Adult Data. A preliminary version of the 2014 NLSY79 Young Adult data is now available to the public through NLS Investigator (www.nlsinfo.org/investigator). The young adults surveyed in this round (age range 14 to 42) are the older children of female respondents in the NLSY79. The release includes all data collected for the YA in the 2014 data collection round, plus a limited number of created variables. These data can be merged in with the NLSY79 Child/YA 1979-2012 data release. Users should be aware that the reference numbers in this preliminary release are not final and may be different in the final merged NLSY79 Child/YA 1979-2014 data release. Question names, however, will not change.


Attending the ASA meeting in Seattle this year?  Join us at our NLS workshop there. We're offering an NLS user workshop at ASA on Saturday, August 20 (check ASA program for workshop time and location). Here's your chance to get the latest NLS information and developments, hear an overview on the various NLS datasets, and receive how-to instructions for searching and downloading NLS data. We'll also have our usual NLS exhibit booth at the conference. 


Now posted to our website: NLS Brochures. Need some quick info about the NLS to hand out in your classroom or give to a colleague? Click here for access to PDFs of our brochures. 


Number of NLS-based Dissertations Reaches 1100. Since the NLS project's inception back in the 1960s, more than 1100 Ph.D. candidates have featured NLS data in their dissertations. Browse our online NLS Bibliography to see citations. Masters citations are also included. Recent grads: Is your dissertation or thesis included in our Bib? If not, follow these instructions to submit.


Check out our Website Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the NLS. Fun facts, user profiles, NLS language lessons, and more!! Check us out at https://nlsat50.org/.


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