Who Are the Millennials?

AuthorJohn P. Box Jr.
Who Are the Millennials?
The Big Three Generations in the Workforce
Every lawyer knows that the first section of a statute contains the defini-
tions. So, before we launch into what Millennials really want and how
your firm can motivate them, let’s define the Millennial generation. Mil-
lennials are young adults born as early as 1981 and as late as 1997. The
current big three generations are as follows:
Millennials: born 1981 to 1997
Generation X (known as Gen X): born 1965 to 1980
Baby Boomers (known as Boomers): born 1946 to 19641
Together, these three generations make up almost 98 percent of the U.S.
When generational studies experts Neil Howe and William Strauss
coined the term “Millennial” in 1991, “they weren’t sure it would
1. Richard Fry, This Year, Millennials Overtake Baby Boomers, P R. C, Jan. 16, 2015.
2. Richard Fry, Millennials Surpass Gen Xers as the Largest Generation in the U.S. Labor Force, P R.
C, May 11, 2015.
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