Average U.S. job tenure increased in 2012 — 5.4 years, compared to 5.2 years in 2010 — Employee Benefit Research Institute researchers find, but tenure still is at levels many might consider low.

A deeper dive into the research reveals that the median tenure for males actually has dropped, down from 5.9 years in 1983 to 5.5 years in 2012. Older male workers (those aged 55 to 64), who might be expected to have some of the longest tenures, have experienced the largest decline over several decades: down to 10.7-year tenures last year from 14.7-year ones in 1963.

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