Our first chart showing the percentage representation of Baby Boomers among the employed portion of the U.S. workforce.
Perhaps the most impressive thing in the chart is how rapidly the Baby Boom generation rose to represent such a large share of the U.S. workforce, from virtually no representation in 1960 to peaking at 49.1% of all employed Americans in 1980.
Next, here are the actual number of Baby Boomers counted among the employed in the United States from 1960 through 2010, which we determined from the BLS' non-seasonally adjusted data from the Current Population Survey's Labor Force Statistics.
The most remarkable thing in this chart is the reduction in the number of Baby Boomers after 2000 after the effectively constant level seen in the years from 1990 through 2000. The reason why that's remarkable is because the oldest Baby Boomers, born in 1946, are only now turning the "normal" retirement age of 65 in this year, 2011, which is when one might expect to see the number of Baby Boomers really begin to draw down.
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