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Fact-of-the-Week: 17 October 2011

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Almost 50% of Men and 40% of Women Aged 55+ Are In the Labor Force

According to a 2011 analysis of Census data, "in total for those at or over age 55, a higher percentage of men are in the labor force (46.4 percent) than women (36.4 percent). While this is a slight reduction for men since 1975 (when almost half—49.4 percent—were in the workforce), it is a record high for women."

Blakely, S. (2011). Older workers, who's working? (Fast Facts No. 208). Washington, DC: EBRI. Retrieved from

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