The Economy Throws A Shadow On The Golden Years

Is the long-term trend toward early retirement among U.S. men finally running out of steam? Recent labor force data certainly seem to suggest so. The labor force participation rate (those employed or seeking work) for males age 55 to 64, which fell sharply from 83% in 1970 to 63.2% in 1986, has since moved mostly sideways (chart).

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