Older Americans in the Workforce

According to recently-released data from the Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the percentage of retirement-age Americans in the labor force has doubled since 1985, from its all-time low of 10 percent in January of that year to 20 percent in February 2019.1 To understand who is continuing to work and why, we gathered data on retirement-age Americans’ incomes, health, and activities from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).