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Economy Drags Down Retirement Index

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U.S. workers are feeling much better about their own health than about the health of the economy.

Researchers in the Wellesley Hills, Mass.-based U.S. division of Sun Life Financial Inc., Toronto, have reported that finding in a discussion of their new Sun Life Financial Unretirement Index survey program.

The researchers note that “unretirement” is the state of working 20 or more hours per week after the age when a worker normally would expect to receive full Social Security retirement benefits.

The index telephone surveys were conducted in August and included 1,515 U.S. residents who work full-time or part-time.

The initial index score was 46 on a scale that ranges from 0 to 100, according to Sun Life.

The personal finance index was 48, and the health index was 69, but the index for faith in employee benefits was 43, the government benefits index was 42, and the economic index was just 30, Sun Life researchers report.


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