Millennials: the generation everyone loves to hate. According to society, we’re entitled quasi-adults, too obsessed with finding our “passion” (and the perfect Snapchat filter) to find — and stick with — a real job.
Well, it turns out, Millennials aren’t the flaky job-hoppers everyone thinks they are. In fact, we have about the same track record — and in some cases a better one — than our older Generation X counterparts, according to recently released government data.
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The data, collected every two years by the U.S. Department of Labor, revealed that 63.4% of Millennials (defined as those born between 1981 and 1998) reported that they had been with their current employer for at least 13 months as of January 2016, compared to the 59.9% of 18- to 35-year-olds who reported the same in February 2000.
And Millennials were right on par with their Gen X counterparts for longer tenures, with 22% reporting at least five years with the same employer, compared to 21.8% in 2000.
The numbers continue to tip in favor of Millennials when it comes to those with college degrees: Of the younger generation, 75% of men and 74% of women had been at their job for about 13 months when surveyed in 2016, compared to 72% of men and 70% of women back in 2000.
The fact that more Millennials overall are getting their college degrees could be a reason for their willingness to stick it out, according to the Pew Research Center.
For those with high school degrees, slightly fewer Millennials (70% of men and 69% of women) had stayed at their job for 13 months compared to the 72% of male and 71% of female Gen Xers.
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