Question of the Day (Updated): What percent of people age 65 and older are still working?

Oct 05, 2020
Question of the Day, Career

Answer: Over 20%

From Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics:                               


  1. Why do you think an increasing number of older people are still working at that age?
  2. How do you think the number of older people still in the workforce will impact you when you look for a job?
  3. Do you think your generation will be more likely to work past 65, compared to the baby boomers?
  4. What factors may determine how long you work that compared to today’s retirees?

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What's behind the numbers: As of February 2019, over 20 percent of Americans aged 65 or older are working or looking for work. This level represents a 57-year high and a doubling from its lowest recorded value of 10 percent in 1985. The BLS expects this upward trend to continue in the near term, estimating that 13 million Americans aged 65 or older will be in the labor force by 2024."


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About the Author

Mason Butts

After graduating from UCLA with a Master's in Education, Mason spent 5 years as a science educator in a South Los Angeles public high school. He is committed to supporting the holistic growth of all students and empowering them to live a life of relational, academic, and financial success. Now settled in the Bay Area, Mason enjoys facilitating professional developments and partnering with educators as they prepare students for a bright financial future. When Mason is not building curriculum or planning a training, he can be found cycling, trying new foods, and exploring the outdoors.