Aging and Economic Well-Being in Rural America: Exploring Income and Employment Challenges
Rapid population aging in the United States makes the income and employment circumstances of older workers an increasingly significant concern for individuals, employers, and society as a whole. In this chapter, we begin by providing a statistical portrait of the economic well-being of older Americans at the beginning of the twenty-first century, outlining differences between older adults in nonmetropolitan and metropolitan areas in terms of income and income packaging, poverty, labor force participation, and employment hardship. We then turn our attention to the special considerations an aging work force raises for both employers and older workers, with a special focus on the unique challenges faced in rural workplaces. Finally, we conclude with a summary discussion.
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