Number of over-50s in labor force declines in Poland


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The number of people aged 50 and over, who participate in the labor force in Poland, declined by 46,000 in 2019 compared to a year earlier, news portal said citing latest data from the country's Statistics Office (GUS).

The drop has been driven largely by an exodus of women from the workforce. Given Poland's demographic situation, this could become a growing problem, warned the statistics agency.

"Faced with an ageing population, increasing employment of the older unemployed, as well as their professional activation, could become a priority of labor market policy," it said.

The number of over-50s in the labor force – which includes both people in work and seeking employment – fell to under 4.6 million in 2019, and was around 1% lower than the previous year. The labor force participation rate among all over-50s stood at 33.4% in 2019, which was 0.4 percentage points lower than in 2018 and 22.9 percentage points below the level for the general population.

Among the 46,000 over-50s who left the job market, 32,000 (70%) were women. Just one in four (26.2%) women aged over 50 years remained economically active in 2019, compared to 42.5% of men. Poland's population has long been ageing, as Poles living longer lives, start families later and have fewer children. By 2019, 37.4% of the population was above the age of 50. 

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