The Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) shows that 41.5 million persons age 16 and over experienced a job accession over a 28-month period between the end of 1986 and the beginning of 1989. That means they went from not having a wage or salary job one month to having one the next. Fifty-five percent of those who had an accession over that period were women.
Not all these accessions represent new jobs, however. Many of these persons, for instance, switched jobs with others or returned to work after a layoff. In addition, many of the jobs lasted a short amount of time. Nevertheless, this brief reveals who was entering jobs in this 28-month period and what kind of jobs were available.