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.
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.