Jobless Rate Appears Lower as Aging Population Leaves Labor Force
(p. A4) As more baby boomers leave the job market, the participation rate should continue to decline--a group of economists at the Federal Reserve projected in 2006 that it would fall to 62.5% by 2015. While that suggests the economy won't need to create as many jobs to bring down the unemployment rate, said Barclays Capital economist Dean Maki, the downside is that it won't have as large a work force to power it along and pay for the needs of an aging population.
"If you have a greater fraction of the population not working, that will make it harder to pay for costs that will be ballooning," he said.
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