The Old Folks at Work

The much-discussed aging of America won’t be evident just in retirement communities. It will be conspicuous in the workplace as well.

In a bulletin released last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that the segment of the labor force age 55-64 will grow by 33 percent in the period 2008-18. The 65-and-older cohort in the labor force will rise even more steeply, by 78 percent.

At the same time, the number of 45-54-year-olds at work is expected to decline by 1 percent, while the 25-34 component will rise by a modest 10 percent.