Workers aren’t planning on early retirement.
In fact, one out of every three plans to stick it out in the workplace past the age of 65, likely because they aren’t confident that they’ve saved enough money for retirement.
But that later retirement’s not happening, as many are compelled to retire earlier than they’d anticipated because of shocks that throw off their plans.
According to research from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, health issues are the chief cause driving workers into retirement earlier than they’d planned on going.
After that came layoffs — it’s tough to stay in the workplace if you don’t have a job — and the third most common reason for early retirement was a spouse’s early retirement or having a parent move in.
Between 1991 and 2014, the percentage of workers indicating that they planned on working past age 65 increased from 11 to 33 percent.
However, despite knowing that early retirement will result in smaller Social Security checks and fewer years to beef up 401(k)s, while at the same time increasing the number of retirement years for which expenses must be paid, workers are leaving the workplace ahead of schedule.
The study sought to learn why.
The research analyzed the responses of workers who were age 58 at some time between 1992–2012 and were asked when they expected to retire.
Researchers then followed each person for up to a decade to determine who retired, whether the retirement was early or on schedule, and what intervening life changes might have caused a change in their stated plan.