• Based on current trends, U.S. demographics reflect rapid growth of the "older" segment of the workforce.

  • The number of people in the labor force who are 55 years of age or older will increase by 49 percent from 2002 to 2012.

  • In comparison, the number of workers 16 to 24 years of age is projected to increase by 9 percent during the same time period

(Center for Workforce Preparation, June 15, 2005)