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Labor Force Participation* Among Adults Aged 65 and Older, by Age and Sex, 1976−2008

Between 1976 and 2008, labor force participation

  • Increased slightly among men aged 65-69 and 70 years and older
  • Increased by more than 75% among women aged 65 to 69 and 70 years and older

Year
Percent of Adults
65-69 Years
70 Years and Older
Female
Male
Female
Male
1976
14.9 29.3 4.6 14.2
2008
26.4 35.6 8.1 14.6

*Percent of the civilian, non-institutionalized population employed or not employed and looking for work.

Source II.24, I.11: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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