Older workers working longer

In sifting through data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, AARP analysts found that the number of workers ages 75 and older (meaning they’re employed or seeking employment) has grown to about 1.3 million in 2009, from just under half a million in 1989.

That’s still a small sliver of the population over age 75, just 7.3 percent, but a big jump from the 1989 labor force participation rate of 4.3 percent.

A growing proportion of that work force, almost 44 percent, are women.

And a just-released Census Bureau report adds this surprising fact — of workers ages 75 to 84, more than 42 percent hold full-time jobs.

All of which points to more people working more years.

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