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Working Longer: Creating a 21st Century Workplace for the 21st Century Workforce—

8 June 2012—American workers are getting older.

The reasons for this aging process are both positive (people are living longer, are in good health later in life, enjoy their jobs and want to keep working) and not so positive (many people don't feel financially secure enough to stop working at traditional retirement age).

Two things are clear, though: First, the only segment of the workforce that has grown steadily since the late 1980s involves those 55 years and older; and, second, that means that there are now more older Americans in the workforce than ever before. This trend is only going to increase over the coming years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020, one out of every four working Americans will be 55 and older.

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