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FEB 2017

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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10 • February 2017 GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AGENCIES From U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Branch Chief Teri Morisi … By 2024, nearly one in four people in the labor force will likely be over the age of 55, a sharp change from 1994, when just under 12 percent of workers were at or above that age threshold. Work- ers 55 and older will represent the largest share of the 2024 workforce as measured by the other age groups of 16-24, 25-34, 35-44 and 45-54. There are two factors behind the trend: 1) an aging population of baby boomers, those born from 1946 to 1964, are moving into older age groups; and, 2) older work- ers' increasing labor force participation rate. Research shows many older people are remaining in the labor force longer than those from previous generations. Accord- ing to one study, about 60 percent of old- er workers with a "career job" retire and Workforce age continues upward clip as Baby Boomers stay on the job move to a "bridge job," or a short-term and/ or part-time position. Another study found that about half of retirees followed nontra- ditional paths of retirement and did not exit the labor force permanently. Older workers are choosing to remain in the labor force as they wish to remain healthy and active, have longer life expec- tancies, and need enough income to live to higher ages. In 2014, Americans at age 65 could expect to live an additional 19.3 years according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or until about age 84—up about three years since 1980. Less than 10 percent of private industry employers now offer defined benefit (tradi- tional) retirement plans, while 47 percent offer defined contribution plans, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Compensation Survey. Defined con- tribution plans typically include voluntary savings accounts, such as 401(k) plans, in which workers designate deductions from their pay into funds. Earnings from these funds are based on the amount that workers choose to invest and how the funds perform. There is more uncertainty with defined con- tribution plans versus traditional defined benefit plans, which consist of lifetime peri- odic payments to the retiree or their spouse. People may stay in the labor force lon- ger to get a higher Social Security bene- fit rather than a reduced one if they retire early. Currently, workers can retire at age 62 and receive a reduced benefit, but real- ize a full benefit if they wait until age 67. The Social Security earnings test was elimi- nated in 2000 for workers who have reached full retirement age; hence, benefits are not reduced for a worker at the threshold who continues to earn wages. Health coverage is another factor for older persons remaining in the work force, as 65 is the age for Medicare eligibility. ILLUSTRATION: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics TECHNOLOGY TO HAND YOU A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE • Lower Costs • Increased Productivity • Reduce Your Risk Visit us in Booth #1177 @ The Precast Show 407.367.2400

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