POLL: A Quarter-Million 85-Year-OIds are Working Today

posted by Newsradio 740 KTRH Staff -

A record number of people who are age 85 and older are working.

The most common jobs for these octogenarians is farming and ranching --  but they also work crossing guards, funeral directors, musicians and product demonstrators at stores.

Another thousand or more are truckers – all part of the 255,000 million Americans who are 85 and older and still on the job, the most on record.

Juanita Jimenez-Soto of AARP Houston says older workers are especially dependable.

Evidence of that: More than a thousand are truckers - they’re part of the quarter-million Americans who are 85 and older and still on the job, the most on record.

About 255,000 people who are 85 and over have worked in the 12 months – which is a record 4.4 percent of people that age, up from 2.6 percent in 2006, before the recession.

They do less-physical work, such as contract consulting, management and sales, than manufacturing or construction.

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