Older Women in the Workforce — Fact Sheet
compiled by Betty Cohen
- "The overall gain in labor-force participation among workers age 55 and older was primarily driven by the increases in female labor-force participation rates, as the male labor-force participation rates of that age group were lower in 2010 [46.4%] than they were in 1975 [49.4%]. In contrast, among women aged 55 and older, the rates were 35.1% in 2010, compared to 23.1% in 1975, " according to a 2011 analysis of Census Bureau data.
- "Among workers aged 45-74, caregivers (those who have either taken leave from a job or quit a job in the past five years to care for an adult family member)…are more likely to be female (64%),” according to a 2013 AARP survey.
- Among the respondents “nearing retirement age–ages 50 to 61–a 63% majority think they might have to delay retirement because of the recession. Women in this retirement ‘threshold generation’ have been most affected by the ailing economy. Fully 72% fear they will have to postpone their retirement plans, compared with 54% of men in this age group,” according to a 2009 Pew survey.
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