Recent Trends in Job Security and Stability
Aug 01, 1997
Stefanie R. Schmidt and Shirley Svorny

In recent years, the popular press has led us to believe that downsizing and mergers are throwing unprecedented numbers of Americans out of secure jobs.

In this paper, we survey current research that addresses these concerns, reconciling the sometimes disparate results of papers examining job tenure and separations, exploring the consequences of involuntary job loss, and reviewing research on trends in part-time, temporary, and contingent employment. There is no evidence of a dramatic change in job security over the last two decades.

The various studies do not point to consistent losses in job security for any particular demographic group.