Tracking the aging American workforce

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The workforce of these cities is aging faster than the rest of the country.

With many Americans delaying their retirement, it follows that the U.S. workforce would be seeing an increase in average age, with older workers making up a larger and larger portion of the workforce. And as these workers near retirement, employers need to start considering where they'll find the talent to fill future vacancies. But how pressing the issue is depends on location.

That's why CareerBuilder and Emsi looked at labor data from the top 100 largest U.S. cities to compile a list of the cities with the fastest-aging workforces.

To better visualize where and how much the U.S. workforce is aging, CareerBuilder and Emsi put together an interactive map based on two factors: the share of workers ages 55+, and the change in that share over the past 15 years.

Fastest-aging cities

North Port, FL

  • Share of workers ages 55+ in 2016: 25.8 percent
  • Change in share of workers ages 55+ (2001 to 2016): 1.5 percent

Oklahoma City, OK

  • Share of workers ages 55+ in 2016: 21%
  • Change in share of workers ages 55+ (2001 to 2016): 1.5 percent

Virginia Beach, NC

  • Share of workers ages 55+ in 2016: 19.5 percent
  • Change in share of workers ages 55+ (2001 to 2016): 1.3 percent

Sacramento, CA

  • Share of workers ages 55+ in 2016: 21.7 percent
  • Change in share of workers ages 55+ (2001 to 2016): 1.3 percent

Spokane, WA

  • Share of workers ages 55+ in 2016: 21.7 percent
  • Change in share of workers ages 55+ (2001 to 2016): 1.3 percent

The workforce as a whole may be aging, but in some cities an infusion of younger workers has reversed that trend. These are the cities where the share of workers ages 22 to 34 has increased since 2001:

Increasingly youthful cities

Madison, WI

  • Share of workers ages 22-34 in 2016: 30.3 percent
  • Change in share of workers ages 22-34 (2001 to 2016): 3.1 percent

El Paso, TX

  • Share of workers ages 22-34 in 2016: 32.3 percent
  • Change in share of workers ages 22-34 (2001 to 2016): 2.1 percent

Colorado Springs, CO

  • Share of workers ages 22-34 in 2016: 31.6 percent
  • Change in share of workers ages 22-34 (2001 to 2016): 2 percent

Allentown, PA

  • Share of workers ages 22-34 in 2016: 26.2 percent
  • Change in share of workers ages 22-34 (2001 to 2016): 1.7 percent

Austin, TX

  • Share of workers ages 22-34 in 2016: 32.3 percent
  • Change in share of workers ages 22-34 (2001 to 2016): 1.6 percent