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Boston Baby Boomers, Job Rates and Risks for Injuries

According to new studies, the average baby boomer who was born during the latter years of the boom, 1957 through 1964, had 11.3 jobs from when they were 18-years-old until they were 46-years-old. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), about half of these jobs were held between the ages of 18- and 24-years-old.
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These findings are all a result of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979. This was a survey of nearly 10,000 individuals who were interviewed first when they were between the ages of 14- and 22-years-old back in 1979 and then interviewed agian between 2010 and 2011 when they were between 45- and 53-years-old. All of the respondents were born between 1957 and 1964, which is considered to be the latter years of the baby boom.

Our Boston workers’ compensation attorneys understand that this survey comes jam packed with more than 30 years of info on these individuals’ employment history. Information includes their income, training, education, experience, health, assets and other characteristics. What was common among all of these individuals and all of their work histories were the risks for work accidents. Each and every job position came accompanied with some sort of risk for an accident.

As the years progressed, safety measures advanced and these risks were reduced, but never fully eliminated, in any industry.

Study Findings:

-Men without a high school diploma held an average of 13.1 jobs while men with at least a bachelor’s degree held about 11.4 jobs. Both figures are for men between the ages of 18- and 46-years-old.

-The amount of time that an employee spent at a job increased as they aged.

-Men held an average of 11.5 jobs while women held an average of 11.1 jobs during this time.

-Between the ages of 18- and 24-years-old, whites held more jobs than Hispanics or blacks. As age increased, the gap decreased. From ages 25- to 46-year-old, there was really no difference in the average number of job positions that were held across ethnic and racial groups.

-The length of time that a worker stayed with an employer increased as the individual aged.

-Individuals were employed during nearly 80 percent of the time between the ages of 18-and 46-years-old.

-Individuals with a bachelor’s degree stayed at a single job a substantial amount of time longer than those without.

Each year, there are more than 4 million people who are injured on the job in the U.S. This means that there’s an average of 4.4 cases per 100 workers. About half of all of these injuries require time off of work and require medical assistance. In the country, about 170 people die from occupational diseases each day and another 20 die from on-the-job injuries. This means that about 1,000 people are killed because of work each and every year. These accidents, injuries, illnesses and fatalities cost the country more than $155 billion every year!

If you have been injured on the job in Massachusetts, call the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call 1-888-367-2900.

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