Only 18.8 percent of Americans over 65 are still working, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. But just under that statistic there are some surprises.

While the percentage of seniors in the workforce has risen from 12 percent since 2000, the actual number of seniors in the workforce has more than doubled, from four million to nine million, since there are more people over 65 in the population.

And while there’s a lot of news about age discrimination, older workers lead the way in increased post-Recession employment levels.  Looking at 65-68, 70-74 and 75+, the study found that “All are working at higher rates than they did in May 2008, the only age groups about which that can be said.”

 

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