The baby-boom generation to remain in the labor force
December 31, 2009
The baby-boom generation—those born between 1946 and 1964—is expected to remain in the labor force longer than previous generations.
As this group ages, the number of people in the labor force aged 55 to 64 is expected to grow by 33 percent between 2008 and 2018, and the number of people aged 65 and older is projected to grow by 78 percent. The numbers of 45- to 54-year-olds and 35- to 44-year-olds are expected to shrink as baby boomers age and shift into older groups.
Total labor force growth is expected to average about 8 percent during the projections decade.
Thanks to advances in medicine, people now enjoy better health as they age and, as a result, are able to remain in the labor force longer than workers in previous generations did. A variety of economic factors—an increase in the Social Security eligibility age, for example—create incentives for people to keep working. Because of such factors, the number of people in the labor force aged 65 and older is expected to grow about 10 times faster than the total labor force.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, The baby-boom generation to remain in the labor force on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/ted_20091231.htm (visited April 29, 2016).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.
Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.
- A look at pay at the top, the bottom, and in between
The Spotlight examines how earnings and wages have changed over time and how they differ within a geographic area, industry, or occupation.