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Wealth, Income, and Poverty

A Tale of Two Retirements (October 2015)

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This report is a “Tale of Two Retirements”: one for CEOs of large U.S. corporations and the other for the rest of us. Retirement benefits for CEOs at corporations have exploded while the rest of Americans struggle to save for retirement.

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Many Experience Challenges Regaining Employment and Face Reduced Retirement Security

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The number of workers age 55 and over experiencing long-term unemployment has grown substantially since the recession began in 2007. This raises concerns about how long-term unemployment will affect older workers’ reemployment prospects and future retirement income.

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From Bad to Worse: Senior Economic Insecurity on the Rise

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This report shows a troublesome trend of increased economic insecurity among senior households in just four years (2004-2008). Economic insecurity among seniors increased by one-third, from 27% to 36%.

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Older Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-Being

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This report provides the latest data on the 37 key indicators selected by the Forum to portray aspects of the lives of older Americans and their families. It is divided into five subject areas: population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care.

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Older Americans in Poverty: A Snapshot

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This chartbook and policy primer examines the persistent problem of elderly poverty in the United States. It provides valuable data on older adults in poverty—who they are, where they live, and the challenges they face affording basics like food, housing, and health care.

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Income of the Aged Chartbook, 2008

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Since 1941, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has periodically surveyed the aged to determine their economic status. These SSA reports are published under the title Income of the Population 55 or Older. The most recent edition of that publication is based on 2008 data, which, along with special tabulations, form the basis of this chartbook.

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Income of Americans Aged 65 and Older, 1968 to 2008

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This CRS report presents data collected by the Census Bureau in the Current Population Survey from 1969 through 2009 about the employment status and the sources and amounts of income received by people aged 65 and older.

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Income and Poverty Among Older Americans in 2008

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This report describes the sources and amounts of income received by the 37.8 million Americans aged 65 and older who lived in non-institutional settings in 2008.

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Older Workers: Employment and Retirement Trends

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This report begins by describing the change in the age distribution of the U.S. population that will occur between 2010 and 2030 and by summarizing the historical data on the labor force participation of older workers.

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Retirement Savings and Household Wealth in 2007

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Once every three years, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System collects data on household assets and liabilities through the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF). The most recent such survey was conducted in 2007, and the survey results were released to the public in February 2009.

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