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  • New Survey Results: Recent Grads Leave First Jobs Quickly

    February 10, 2016

    New Survey Results: Recent Grads Leave First Jobs Quickly

    71% Stay for One Year or Less

    Three Years of Results Show Generally Consistent Trends


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 10, 2016 - Express Employment Professionals today released new survey results indicating that more than two-thirds of recent college graduates stay at their first career jobs for one year or less.

    The findings come from a survey of 134 Express franchisees across the nation. Respondents were asked, "How long does the average recent college graduate stay on their first career job following graduation?" A "recent college graduate" was defined as an individual graduating within the last 18 months.

    Three percent said "less than three months," and 10 percent said "three to six months." The majority, 58 percent, said "seven months to a year," while 29 percent said "more than one year." 

    In 2014, fewer respondents (23 percent) said "more than one year," while more (63 percent) said "seven months to one year."

    Full results are below, including results from the 2014 and 2013 surveys.




    "While these results would indicate a slight increase of recent grads staying on their first jobs longer than a year, we're still seeing that most young workers will leave their first jobs fairly quickly," said Bob Funk, CEO of Express, and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. "This is a trend we have been observing for a while, meaning the declining unemployment rate hasn't dramatically altered respondents' views.

    "Younger workers would be advised to stay in their first job longer in order to gain experience. In addition, employers are looking for loyal people. If a business owner or manager spends months training a person, it's only right for that employee to put their new skills to work for that organization."

    The survey of 134 Express Employment Professionals franchisees was conducted in July 2015. Earlier surveys were conducted in 2014 and 2013.


    About Robert A. Funk

    Robert A. "Bob" Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has more than 750 franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than six million people to work worldwide. Funk served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was also the Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve.

    About Express Employment Professionals

    Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $3.02 billion in sales and employed a record 500,002 people in 2015. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually.

    For More Information:

    Sheena Karami   
    Director of Corporate Communications and PR   
    Express Employment Professionals   
    (405) 840-5000