Here’s a look at some interesting demographics, comparing 2003 vs. 2013.

Number of Households by Age of Head of Household 2013 vs. 2003

The next chart shows the change in number (in thousands), in the age of the head of household.

Change in Households by Age Group (2013 Minus 2003)

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I created the above charts from spreadsheet data reader Tim Wallace sent. The data is from the Census Department 213-page PDF 2013 Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Supplement.

Two Key Points

  • 3,516,000 more heads of households in age group 60-64 than in 2003
  • 3,989,000 more heads of households in age group 65-74 than in 2003

And those are just heads-of-households, not individuals. The individual total would be much higher.

Aging boomers account for much but not all of the decline in labor force and participation rate. The recession made matters worse.

Finally, some of the semi-retired, only want to work part-time, explaining part of the surge in part-time employees.

We will have more charts of education levels, household wealth, and other items shortly.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock