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Young workers change jobs frequently, study shows

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WASHINGTON — Young adults born in the early 1980s held an average of just over six jobs each from ages 18 through 26, a Labor Department survey showed Wednesday.

Since 1997, the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics has been keeping tabs on about 9,000 young men and women born in the early 1980s, surveying their educational and workplace progress. The latest survey is from interviews conducted in 2011-2012.

According to the survey, more than two-thirds of the jobs held by high-school dropouts lasted less than a year.

Women in the study group overall were more educated than the men. Thirty-two percent of the women earned a bachelor’s degree, compared to 24 percent of the male participants. Overall, 70 percent of the women had either some college or received a bachelor’s degree, compared to 61 percent of the men.

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