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Retirees Are One Reason the Fed Has Given Up on a Big Worker Rebound


It took until late 2010 for people between the ages of 55 and 69 to recover to their late-2007 wealth levels, according to Fed data. This time, an early-2020 hit had been fully recovered by June 2020. Financial wealth for that age group now stands about 20 percent above where it was headed into the pandemic, despite a recent market swoon.And while inflation is eroding spending power, Social Security payments are price-adjusted, which takes some of the sting away.The Liebermans in Pennsylvania, for instance, could go back to work part time if they needed to — but they do not expect to need to.“Unless inflation went really ballistic, I think we’d be OK,” Mr. Lieberman said.To be sure, while retirements could help keep workers in short supply across America, other factors could bolster the work force. Immigration, for instance, is rebounding.And some data paint a more opt …

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