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According to a 2012 analysis of data from the American Community Survey, "across all occupations, the intensity of work measured by mean weekly hours of employment for workers of all ages (16+) was not very different from the work intensity of mature workers. In 2010, the mean weekly hours of employment among workers of all ages was 38 hours; only one hour more than the mean weekly hours of employment among mature workers." (p. 13)
Fogg, N. P., & Harrington, P. E. (2012). Occupational profiles for the mature worker: Finding and using detailed information about occupations with the largest share of mature workers. Chicago: Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). Retrieved from http://www.cael.org/pdfs/TMT_Occupational_Profiles
We identified those occupations with the highest concentration of workers aged 55 and above through an analysis of the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) public use data files. we also used the ACS data in conjunction with the U.S. Department of LaborвЂ™s Occupation Information Network, known as the O*NET information system, to develop the specific occupational profiles in this study.
According to a 2011 report from the Urban Institute, "annual average monthly unemployment among workers 55 or older in 2010 was 7.7 percent for men and 6.2 percent for women. Nonetheless, unemployment at age 55 and older increased sharply since 2007, when rates averaged just 3.2 percent for men and 3.0 percent for women." (p. 1)
Johnson, R. W., & Park, J. S. (2011). Can unemployed older workers find work? (Older Americans' Economic Security Report No. 25). Washington, DC: Urban Institute. Retrieved from http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412283-Unemployed-Older-Workers.pdf
This report is based on analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Survey of Income and Program Participation panel.
According to a 2010 analysis of BLS data, "employment among workers 55 and older in service occupations, including healthcare support, food preparation, protective services and maintenance occupation, grew 2.7 percent to an annual average of 3.8 million in 2009 compared to 3.7 million in 2008. Meanwhile, the number of older workers employed in sales and related occupations, which include retail salespeople, cashiers, sales representatives, etc., actually fell from 3,111,000 in 2008 to 3,053,000 in 2009. By contrast, the number of workers 55 and older employed in management, professional and related occupations increase 5.0 percent from 10.9 million in 2008 to 11.4 last year . (p. 4)
Chandler, Gray & Christmas, Inc. (2010). Despite high unemployment, older workers gain positions: Older workers join, succeed in job search. Retrieved June 13, 2010, from http://www.challengergray.com/press/PressRelease.aspx?PressUid=135
This report includes an analysis of 2009-2010 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.