Like many Boomers, you may be in a transitional state in 2018 when it comes to employment. As you consider your work options, it may be wise to review some current employment statistics to get an idea of where opportunities exist. Entrepreneur magazine offers a handy infographic, based on data from Paychex, a leading payroll service, that looks at employment ages in the U.S. in states and industries.
Here are some interesting Boomer-oriented highlights from the data:
- The five states with the highest percentage of workers 65 and older are, in descending order: South Dakota, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Washington, DC
- About 23 percent of U.S. adults age 55 and older were working in 2016
- The top five industries with the greatest percentage of workers 65 and older are, in descending order: Legal; Community and Social Service; Life, Physical and Social Science; Arts, Design, Entertainment and Social Media; Personal Care and Service
- The top five states with the greatest percentage of MALE workers 65 and older are: Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, Kansas, Washington, DC
- The top five states with the greatest percentage of FEMALE workers 65 and older are: New Hampshire, Vermont, Washington, DC, Connecticut, Hawaii
- The three leading ways unemployed workers age 65 and older have attempted to enter the workforce are (1) contacted the employer directly, (2) sent out resumes or filled out applications, (3) contacted friends or relatives.
If you're looking for work, maybe some of these statistics can provide clues that point you in the right direction.