Survey: Most Americans nearing end of careers believe they will have to put off the holy grail

tadams@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 5, 2014 

Are you ready for some football? How about some baseball? Or retirement, anyone?

Your love of sports aside, the answer to that last question, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey, is probably not.

The survey found that 58 percent of Americans nearing the end of their careers believe they will have to put off the holy grail — retiring from the general workforce and doing something they really enjoy.

Not that things don’t seem to be getting better.

Just a year ago, the same survey found that 61 percent of full-time workers age 60 and above felt like retirement was a distant dream. And back in 2010, with the economy sputtering mightily out of the Great Recession, that number was 66 percent.

What’s more, 10 percent of workers, according to this year’s survey, believe they will never be able to call it a day permanently from the workforce.

Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America, said there are some “positive” takeaways from the current snapsnot.

“As retirement funds rebound and the economy improves, fewer workers are delaying retirement than at the height of the recession,” he said. “Additionally, more workers expect to be able to retire without having to pick up a part-time job to supplement their incomes. And even if they are looking for work, more employers are actively recruiting within this age group than in past years.”

Here’s a list of some reasons workers are putting their retirement on hold:

• Can’t afford to retire financially — 79 percent

• Need the health insurance/benefits — 61 percent

• Enjoy their job — 49 percent

• Enjoy where they work — 46 percent

• Fear retirement may be boring — 27 percent

So how about you folks? Are you ready for retirement, or simply ready to welcome another Major League Baseball of college football season? Think about it.

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