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Chart Data for the State of Age Discrimination and Older Workers in the U.S. 50 Years After the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)

Age of Civilian US Labor Force (Chart 1):
  1967
(77,347,000)
2017
(160,320,000)
< 25 years 21.0% 13.2%
25-34 years 20.0% 22.5%
35-44 years 21.0% 20.6%
45-54 years 20.9% 21.3%
55-64 years 14.0% 16.8%
65+ years 4.0% 6.0%

 

Change in Racial/Ethnic Composition of Labor Force Participants
Ages 55-64, 1971 - 2017 (Chart 2)
Year Age Group Race/Ethnicity Proportion
1971 55-64 White 90%
1971 55-64 Black 8%
1971 55-64 Hispanic 2%
2017 55-64 White 74%
2017 55-64 Black 10%
2017 55-64 Hispanic 11%
2017 55-64 Asian 5%

 

Change in Racial/Ethnic Composition of Labor Force Participants
Ages 65+, 1971 - 2017 (Chart 3)
Year Age Group Race/Ethnicity Proportion
1971 65+ White 91%
1971 65+ Black 8%
1971 65+ Hispanic 1%
2017 65+ White 79%
2017 65+ Black 9%
2017 65+ Hispanic 8%
2017 65+ Asian 4%

 

ADEA Charges by Gender (Chart 4)
  Male Female  Not Identified
1990 64% 36% 0.8%
2000 59% 41% 0.2%
2010 48% 50% 2.6%
2017 46% 51% 4%

 

ADEA Charges by Race (Chart 5)
  2017 2010 2000 1990
Not Reported 25% 15% 0% 0%
Multiracial 2% 1% 0% 0%
White 44% 56% 60% 68%
Black 27% 25% 21% 14%
Asian 3% 3% 2% 1%

 

ADEA Charges by Age Group (Chart 6)
  Age 40-54 Age 55-64 Age 65+ Missing Data
1990 51% 38% 8% 3%
2000 52% 33% 11% 6%
2010 44% 43% 13% 0%
2017 37% 48% 17% 0%

 

ADEA Charges Alleging Age and Race, Age and Sex, Age and Disability Discrimination (Chart 7)
  Total ADEA Race Sex Disability
1990 14685 1834 1690 6
2000 16008 2790 2739 2534
2010 23264 5588 4897 4938
2017 18376 4852 4117 4638