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September 1989, Vol. 112, No. 9

Occupational change: pursuing a different kind of work

James P. Markey and William Parks II
Economists, Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics

More than half of the 10 million workers who switched occupations in 1986 did so because of better pay, working conditions, or advancement opportunities.   However, about 1 in 8 of the workers changed occupations because they lost their previous jobs.  This article explores the characteristics of those workers who make voluntary and involuntary occupational changes, and examines the pattern of their movement between occupations.

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