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  1. Social Security and Retirement
  2. Retirement Age and Social Security
  3. Working at Home
  4. Longer Years of Retirement
  5. Employment trends
  6. Foreign workers in the United States
  7. Mexican Workers in the United States
  8. Workplace Safety Standards
  9. Work-related Injuries and Deaths
  10. Growth of Large Corporate Farming
  11. Union Membership Across the United States
  12. Laws Regarding Working Women
  13. Labor Contracts in the United States
  14. Right-to-Work Laws
  15. Public worker unions in the United States
  16. Unemployment insurance
  17. Equal Opportunity Employment Laws
  18. Workers’ Compensation
  19. Minimum Age for Agricultural Employment
  20. Minors in the Workplace
  21. Minimum Wage
  22. Employment of Persons with Disabilities
  23. Major Equal Employment Legislation in the U.S.
  24. Employment in the Service Sector
  25. Unemployment
  26. State’s Unique Worker’s Compensation Laws
  27. Life on Unemployment
  28. Minimum Wage and Poverty
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In America, some retirees receive elaborately decorated cakes at their retirement parties.
Photo Courtesy of Leticia Hernandez.
Longer Years of Retirement
Over the last fifty years, the average age of retirement for American men and women has dropped. Between 1950 and 1955, the average retirement age for men was 68.5 years and for women 67.9 years. During the 1970s and 1980s, the average retirement age for men was about 62 years. During the same time period, the average retirement age for women was about 63 years. Between 1990 and 2000, the average at retirement dropped again, and now stands at 62.6 years for men and 61.4 years for women. The falling age of retirement coupled with increasing longevity means that Americans can expect more years of retirement. Male workers who retired between 1950 and 1955 could expect an average of 12 years of retirement. Female workers during the same time period could expect on average 13.6 years of retirement. By 2000, the expected average number of retirement years had risen to 18 for men and 21.7 for women.
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