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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of workers aged 65 or older has grown by 101% in a span of 30 years, while employment of individuals 75 years or older has increased by 172%:

Percent increase in employment by age and sex: Graph shows that from 1977 to 2007, there was an 101 percent increase in the number of workers aged 65 and older, and 147 percent increase in the number of female workers aged 65 and older.  The number of workers 75 and older increased 172 percent.

This influx of workers aged 65 or older accompanies a shift in the type of work schedule most commonly used. Older workers are employed in full time, rather than part-time jobs.

Workers 65 and older by work schedule: Graph shows that from 1977 to 2007, there has been a decline in the number of part time workers aged 65 and older, but an increase in the number of full-time workers 65 and older.

Frequency of occupational injuries overall decreases with advancing age; however, those injuries that do occur are more likely to be fatal for those who are older, and jumps most dramatically around age 60.

Rate and age category: Graphs shows decrease in rate of nonfatal injuries as workers get older, but increase of fatal injuries as workers get older.

* Fatal injuries: rate per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers; Nonfatal injuries: rate per 1,000 full-time equivalent workers.

Source: National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEIS-Work), United States, 2004; and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, United States, 2005.

Additional data on the health of aging adults in America can be accessed via the Healthy Aging Data Portfolio at, which provides easy, searchable access to CDC data on key indicators of well-being, screenings and vaccinations, and mental health among older adults.

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