ILR School's Research Suggests why the Race gap in Workers 65 and Over has Closed

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Quartz's "The Race gap in US Employment has Disappeared for one age Group: Workers 65 and Over" highlights the fact that the race gap in employment between Black and white US workers has nearly closed for people 65 and over, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The tightened gap is driven in part by more white Americans dropping out of the labor force due to retirement. The typical white worker is almost four years older than the typical Black worker, according to the BLS. With those working over 65, that may also signal working out of need, Russell Weaver, director of research for the ILR Buffalo Co-Lab, said in an interview.