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Welcome to the 16th Round of the NLSY97

You may have noticed that it has been awhile since the last time we interviewed you. In between Round 15 and Round 16, a decision was made to transition from interviewing you every year to every other year. One of the primary reasons for this change was to lessen the burden on you. Another is that it will cost less money to run the survey every two years. Just like many of you, we have had to trim our budget and find ways to reduce our expenses. But in order for the survey to continue to succeed, it means that we need your participation more than ever.

Since we last spoke, our country has gone through some difficult times. Many of you have been hit hard by the economic downturn; while for others, it might not have been as hard. As we, as a nation, hit these bumps in the road, it is important to document these changes over time. And when times are tough, we need to hear from you. We want to know how these events are affecting you, your family, and your community. Your information is as important as it has ever been.

As you can see below, researchers have been busy looking at trends on different topic area in the NLSY97 Data.


(Click picture to see recent research papers on these topics)


Then different news organizations see the research and put that information out for the general public which then gets conversations flowing. These ‘conversations’ could then potentially be a catalyst in driving policy changes.


(Click picture to see recent articles on these topics)

One of the reasons this survey is so important is because it represents the experiences of people from all across the country. Your story represents more than just you when you sit down with your interviewer. You aren’t just telling your story, we get to hear the story of 1,900 like yourself when our interviewers talk with you.

If policymakers and researchers are to truly understand how change affects us as individuals, a community and a nation, then we must continue to support surveys like this. That is why I hope you will join me, and participate in the survey this year.

On behalf of all the dedicated NLS interviewers and staff, I want to say thank you for sticking with us, and we’ll see you soon.

Yours truly,

Chuck Pierret, Director
National Longitudinal Surveys
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics