Connecticut is among the nation’s leading states in the percentage of senior citizens – men and women age 65 or older – still in the workforce. The Land of Steady Habits placed in the top ten for both men and women, and showed increases in the percentage of seniors in the workforce compared with 2000, reflecting a national trend.
Connecticut is ranked 9th in the nation in the percentage of female senior citizens in the workforce, with 14.7 percent. The state is 7th nationwide in the percentage of male senior citizens in the workforce, with 23.8 percent.
Looking at the percentage of senior female workers, the top ten are Alaska (with 20.7%), Nebraska, District of Columbia, South Dakota, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Maryland, Connecticut and North Dakota. The lowest percentage was in Michigan at 9.2 percent.
In Connecticut, 9.2% of women age 65-69 are working, 3.3% of women age 70-74, and 2.2% of women 75 years old or older. The overall percentage of women seniors in the workforce in Connecticut increased from 9.9% in 2000 to 14.7% in 2011.
Using U.S. Census data, Bloomberg.com ranked the U.S. states and the District of Columbia based on the percentage of female seniors employed. Figures are calculated by dividing the number of females aged 65+ and employed by total population of females aged 65+. The male population was calculated in a similar fashion.
Connecticut ranked 7th in the nation in the percentage of male senior citizens in the workforce. Data for male senior citizens indicate that in Connecticut, the overall percentage in the workforce is 23.8 percent, with 13.3% of those age 65-69, 5.6% of those 70-74 and 4.4% of male seniors age 75 or older still working.
The top ten states in the percentage of male senior citizens in the workforce are District of Columbia, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, North Dakota, Maryland, Connecticut, Vermont, Alaska and Massachusetts. The lowest percentage was in West Virginia, with 13.5 percent.