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Bulletin Poll: Joblessness

During the past 12 months, have you …
(yes responses)

 

45-54

55-64

65+

Postponed plans to retire

22%

27%

3%

Increased the number of hours you work

28%

14%

1%

Decreased the number of hours you work

24%

25%

9%

Taken a second job

19%

9%

*

Lost a job

16%

16%

1%

Your spouse lost a job   

9%

7%

*

Looked for a new job because of
Uncertainty about current employment

27%

16%

3%

Taken a pay cut

14%

19%

11%

Lost or had your health benefits reduced

20%

24%

7%

Had to take unpaid furlough days

17%

12%

1%

Your employer stopped contributing
to your 401(k)

21%

24%

12%



Have you been able to find another job?
(asked of respondents who are employed, retired or temporarily unemployed and who have lost a job during the past 12 months)

 

45-54

55-64

65+

Yes

28%

30%

*

No

72%

70%

*



Since losing your job have you (or your spouse) spent more time volunteering or helping others in the community?
(asked of respondents who are employed, retired or temporarily unemployed and who have lost a job during the past 12 months)

 

45-54

55-64   

65+

Yes

54%   

25%

*

No

46%

59%

*

Don't know

0%

16%

*



How likely is it that your job could be eliminated within the next year?

 

45-54

55-64

65+

Likely

22%

13%

7%

Not likely

52%

46%

22%



During the past 12 months, did you return to work after retiring?
(asked of respondents who are retired)

 

45-54

55-64

65+

Yes

*

12%

4%

No

*

83%

95%


*Too few cases to report


Survey of 767 adults age 45 and older conducted by ICR between May 1 and May 7, 2009.

 

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