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Attitudes Toward Work and Job Security

Amidst news reports of increasing numbers of American jobs being moved to foreign countries, automation of labor-intensive work, and the growing population of immigrant workers, this AARP telephone survey of age 18+ U.S. workers explores how secure they feel about their current employment and their retirement expectations.

Of those surveyed...

  • 39 percent expect to retire completely and stop working for pay before age 65 while 42 percent anticipate doing so when 65 or older, and 16 percent do not yet know at what age they might retire
  • 82 percent believe that it is unlikely that their job will be eliminated within the next year
  • 77 percent expect to have their current job for at least another five years

The survey of a nationally representative sample of 1,053 age 18+ workers was conducted for the AARP Bulletin between July 12th and 16th, 2006 by International Communications Research (ICR). Included in the sample are 516 boomers age 42 to 60 and 415 age 50 and older. Further information about the survey may be obtained by contacting the report's author, S. Kathi Brown of AARP Knowledge Management/Strategic Issues Research at 202-434-6296. (11 pages)