Rising longevity and the aging baby boom par­tially explain the trend. Almost 75 per­cent of 55– to 64-​​year-​​olds will be working in 2018, com­pared with 65 per­cent in 2008, fore­casts North­eastern Uni­ver­sity econ­o­mist Barry Blue­stone. Like­wise, he thinks 30 per­cent of Amer­i­cans age 65 to 74 will be working at that point, up from 25 per­cent in 2008.

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