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Are Older Workers Responding To The Bear Market?

  • Andy Eschtruth

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    (Center for Retirement Research)

  • Jonathan Gemus

In the past year, as the economy has weakened and unemployment has risen, the labor force participation rate for older workers (aged 55-64) has jumped by 2.0 percentage points - an increase unprecedented in post-war U.S. economic history. Recessions typically see very slow or even negative growth in labor force participation. A likely factor contributing to this dramatic change is the steep decline in the stock market that has occurred since the spring of 2000. Plunging stock portfolios may have caused some older workers to postpone retirement and convinced some early retirees to rejoin the labor force.

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Paper provided by Center for Retirement Research in its series Just the Facts with number jtf-5.

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Date of creation: Sep 2002
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Handle: RePEc:crr:jusfac:jtf-5
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