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Retired Workers and the Overall Labor Force Participation Rate

In December I wrote Ten Economic Questions for 2020. I noted that I expect the overall participation rate to start declining again in 2020, pushing down the unemployment rate.

Note: Every month, with the employment report, I focus on the prime participation rate because of changing demographics – but this post is about the overall participation rate.

Here is a graph of the annual change in Retired workers and dependent receiving Old-Age Social Security benefits and the annual Labor Force Participation Rate since 1970.  This doesn’t mean these people are actually retiring (they may still be working), but this gives us an idea of how many people are retiring per year.

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