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Labor force participation rates  of older workers  by sex, 1950-2012

Sex and Age

Year

 

1950

1960

1970

1980

1990

2000

2012

               Women

55-64 years old

27.0%

37.2%

43.0%

41.3%

45.2%

51.9%

59.4%

65 years old and over

9.7%

10.8%

9.7%

8.1%

8.6%

9.4%

14.4%

               Men

55-64 years old

86.9%

86.8%

83.0%

72.1%

67.8%

67.3%

69.9%

65 years old and over

45.8%

33.1%

26.8%

19.0%

16.3%

17.7%

23.6%


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Current Population Survey (CPS)/ Graph by the Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor