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Section 3: Factors Related to Work Disability

3.7. How does work disability differ by age?

Work disability increases with age. Among people 16 to 24 years old, only 4.1% are work disabled, and in the 25 to 34-year-old group, 5.5% have a work disability. For those between 35 and 44 years of age, work disability increases to 9.1%. Between 45 and 54 years of age, the work disability rate increases to 13.2%, and reaches 23.1% for the 55 to 64-year-old group.

The relationship between age and severe work disability is also pronounced. Only 2.7% of people between 16 and 24 years old have a severe work disability, compared to 3.5% of those 25 to 34 years and 6.1% of those 35 to 44 years. The rate of severe work disability rises to 8.6% for those 45 to 54, and climbs sharply to 15.4% for people in the 55 to 64 year old group.

Work disability and severe work disability increase with age.

Bar graph showing percentage of people with work disability in each age group.

Figure 19: Percentage with work disability and severe work disability, by age groups, 16-64 years

Source: U. S. Bureau of the Census Website, Table 198.

Surveys: CPS, 1998.

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