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Working age population as nation ages

The working age population in the U.S. is expected to drop from 60 percent of the population in 2010 to 55 percent by 2030.

U.S. Census Bureau. The Next Four Decades: The older population in the United States: 2010 to 2050; 2010. http://www.aoa.acl.gov/Aging_Statistics/future_growth/DOCS/p25-1138.pdf. Accessed July 6, 2015

Reference

Title
The Next Four Decades: The older population in the United States: 2010 to 2050
Publication Date
2010
Authors
U.S. Census Bureau
URL
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