Department of Labor Logo United States Department of Labor
Dot gov

The .gov means it's official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

About 15 percent of workers age 65 and older had been with employer 2 years or less in 2018

July 01, 2019

About 1.1 million wage and salary workers age 65 and older had been with their current employer 2 or fewer years in January 2018. These workers accounted for 15 percent of all employed wage and salary workers age 65 and older.

 Percent of wage and salary workers age 65 and older by tenure with their current employer, 1998–2018
Year 10 years or more 2 years or less

1998

45.0% 23.2%

2000

49.8 20.6

2002

48.0 18.8

2004

48.7 17.1

2006

48.5 16.6

2008

53.6 14.2

2010

53.1 12.5

2012

55.5 11.9

2014

55.0 13.0

2016

55.3 15.1

2018

54.4 15.3

From 1998 to 2012, the proportion of short-tenured workers among those age 65 and older trended down, from 23 percent in 1998 to about 12 percent in 2012. Since then, the share of older workers with 2 or fewer years of tenure has increased slightly.

In contrast, 54 percent of older workers had 10 years or more of tenure with their current employer in January 2018. The share of long-tenured workers among older workers increased from 45 percent in 1998 to about 56 percent in 2012. The share with 10 years or more of tenure has held fairly steady since then.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see “Employee Tenure in 2018.”

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, About 15 percent of workers age 65 and older had been with employer 2 years or less in 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/about-15-percent-of-workers-age-65-and-older-had-been-with-employer-2-years-or-less-in-2018.htm (visited August 07, 2020).

OF INTEREST
spotlight

Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics

triangle