ERIC Number: ED284058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Workers 45+: Today and Tomorrow.
American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the median age of workers will rise from 34.8 years in 1982 to 37.3 years by 1995. In the 30 years between 1955 and 1985, the number of workers aged 45 and over has risen from 25 million to nearly 32 million. Workers over the age of 45 are established in all types of occupations. The number of men aged 45 to 64 is greatest in manufacturing and services, whereas that of women in the same age group is largest in trade and services. Labor force participation has dropped steadily for men over 45, whereas it has increased for their female counterparts. Working men between the ages of 45 and 64 earn more than the median for all men aged 16 and over, whereas women earn between 60 and 66 percent of their male counterparts. Women of all ages are more likely to work part time (only 6 percent of men aged 45 to 64 versus 25 percent of women in the same age group). Race is an important factor, with a smaller percentage of minority men over 45 working than white men of comparable age and a larger percentage of minority women over 45 working than their white counterparts. Minority members and females experienced the highest unemployment rates, with minority males having the highest rates. The number of allegations of age discrimination has increased from 12,710 in 1981 to 21,635 in 1984 (a 71 percent increase). Many employers are already considering and implementing programs of interest to the more than 38 million workers who will be age 45 or over by 1995. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see CE 047 896-897.