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! Website Launched 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:

  • Child and Young Adult 2012 Full Release Now Available
  • 2016 Marks the 50th Anniversary of NLS
  • NLS Research Trends: Popular Topics in 2014
  • Spotlight on Religion Variables

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Visit NLS Investigator to explore and download data. Newest data release: NLSY79 Child/Young Adult 1986-2012 dataset