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How to Benefit from the Rising Average Age of American Workers

Monday, May 20, 2019

By 2026, nearly one in four workers will be 55 and older. That’s compared to about one in five today, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

So, the proportion of younger workers in the overall labor pool will shrink. Does that mean your business will have to settle for workers that are less capable in some ways? 

Research suggests that this isn’t the case. As workers age, their levels of agility and skills is unlikely to diminish, according to the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). In fact, the GSA estimates that 85% of the U.S. population in the 65 to 69 age bracket has no health-related impediments to work. That proportion only drops to 81% for the 70 to74 age bracket. And the majority (56%) of Americans aged 85 and over have no such limitations — although that percentage might be smaller for heavy manual labor. READ MORE