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

Check out this page for upcoming NLS workshops and information about conferences where NLS User Services staff will be available to answer your NLS questions.

Latest Information from the NLS

New Release! [2/5/2016] NLSY79 Interim Release of Rounds 1-25. This release corrects errata items where researchers previously needed to download separate data files. It also updates historical documentation to help researchers more easily find longitudinal data. For details on the updated documentation, click here. To access this new release, go to www.nlsinfo.org/investigator.


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/.


The latest issue of NLS News is available here. Highlights include:

  • "NLS at 50" Celebration Gears Up
  • Discrimination Variables in the Young Adult Cohort
  • Spotlight on Volunteerism Variables
  • NLS Bibliography Surpasses 8,500 Citations

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