Older Americans Working Less, Study Finds

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WASHINGTON – Senior citizens are leaving the labor force sooner than they did 50 years ago, even though they are living longer, healthier lives.

A government report released Thursday shows that fewer than one in five men 65 and older were part of the labor force in 2003. In 1950, nearly half the men that age were still working.

Women are working in much larger numbers earlier in life, but among those 65 and older, their participation in the labor force has remained steady at around 10 percent since 1950.

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