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Since the pandemic began, workers ages 50 and older are figuring out how to manage work-life balance - evaluating the type of work they do or want to do, workplace schedules and flexibility, amount of time spent with family, and caregiving responsibilities. They are leaving the workforce, changing jobs, rethinking their careers, or looking for new jobs – an individual decision based on a myriad of personal circumstances.

As a result of the shifting workforce, employers are struggling to address the changing world of work. They are faced with worker shortages, overworked staff, and flexible or remote work schedules.  Employers are having to think of innovative ways to draw in new talent and keep their current employees engaged and feeling valued.

About the AARP Work & Jobs Data Series

In 2022, AARP Research began sharing workforce trends on a variety of topics as they relate to workers age 50 and over. A new topic is highlighted every two months, and data for each topic are gathered through a nationally representative online survey with results posted in an annotated questionnaire. Each survey topic will be refielded every six to eight months to gather trend data. 

Results are available for public use.

For more information about the AARP Work & Jobs Data Series, please contact Lona Choi-Allum at  For media inquiries, contact External Relations at

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Explore the Data Series

Workplace Wellness Among Workers 50-Plus

Workers returning to the workplace are prioritizing their overall well-being.

Age Discrimination Among Workers Age 50-Plus

Age discrimination is still a serious problem for workers age 50-plus, especially during the pandemic.

Job Reskilling and Upskilling Among the 50+

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of reskilling and upskilling opportuniities for workers.

Understanding the Great Resignation

Older workers reported the top reason for leaving or considering leaving was being near retirement age.