Reported reasons retired workers left their last job: findings from the New Beneficiary Survey

Soc Secur Bull. 1985 Mar;48(3):22-30.


About a third of all new retired-worker beneficiaries who had stopped work reported that the main reason they left their last job was a desire to retire. The existence of health problems was the next most frequently given reason, and it was reported by about a fourth of the group. These responses were made to questions in the 1982 New Beneficiary Survey, conducted by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in October-December 1982. Recently retired workers not only said they wished to retire, but more of them began receiving benefits at age 62 than at older ages; by age 65 most were beneficiaries. Forty-five percent of the men and almost 54 percent of the women had already left their last job at the time they received their first benefit. Married women in particular had not only stopped work but frequently had left their last job more than 3 years before they received their first benefit check.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Data Collection
  • Employment*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Marriage
  • Middle Aged
  • Pensions
  • Retirement*
  • Social Security
  • Time Factors
  • United States