Most Americans Say They Will Work Into Retirement Age

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May 09, 2017

A recent Gallup poll found that 63 percent of employed adults say they will continue to work, but on a part-time basis, after they reach retirement age. A quarter of respondents said they will stop working altogether, and 11 percent said they will work full-time.

Though the share of part-timers remains consistent from past polls, people are shifting away from full-time work and into a traditional retirement. In 2011, 18 percent said they would work full-time, and 18 percent said they would stop altogether. In 2013, people who said they’d work full-time dropped to 15 percent, and the share who said they’d stop completely rose to 22 percent.

Of those who say they will continue working, but only full time, the majority plan to do so because they want to, not because they have to. The proportion of "want to" versus "will have to" explanations has edged up slightly since 2013.

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