* There are 16 million Americans age 55 and older who are either working or seeking work.
* Older workers are getting new jobs at an annual rate of 4.1 percent -- more than double the 1.8 percent of the general population.
* Between 2000 and 2010, the fastest-growing age group will be those between 55 and 64.
* By 2005, those 55 years and older will comprise nearly 20 percent of the workforce.
* Today, older Americans make up 10 percent of the workforce but account for 22 percent of the nation's job growth since 1995.
* More than 51 percent of older woman are working, an increase from 43 percent in the last decade.
* Almost 60 percent of working Americans expect to work at least part-time after age 65.
* More than a million workers between 70-74 years of age are employed, according to a recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report.
* A Hudson Institute study warns of a "severe" labor shortage by 2010, as baby boomers begin to retire and there are fewer young workers because of the slow population growth from 1966-1985.
* A survey of human resource professionals found that 62 percent are hiring retired employees as consultants or temps.
* A 1983 review of 185 research studies found that older workers might actually have higher motivation and job satisfaction than their younger peers.
Information provided by 2001 statistics from the National Council on the Aging Inc. and Experience Works.
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