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Early Claiming of Social Security Retirement Benefits
Increased During the Recession

April 2013
Table equivalent for chart: Percent of Fully Insured Workers Who Claim Retirement Benefits at Age 62, Cohorts Born Between 1913 and 1947
Year at age 62 Men Women
1975 37.0 50.2
1976 39.9 50.9
1977 36.9 49.6
1978 37.0 47.3
1979 36.2 48.2
1980 41.2 50.4
1981 42.4 50.7
1982 41.1 50.5
1983 44.2 50.9
1984 44.4 51.2
1985 46.4 51.8
1986 48.2 52.2
1987 46.4 50.6
1988 46.5 50.0
1989 47.1 49.7
1990 48.0 49.2
1991 48.3 49.4
1992 48.8 51.6
1993 49.1 51.1
1994 48.4 52.2
1995 47.6 49.5
1996 48.4 51.5
1997 46.5 47.7
1998 46.5 48.7
1999 45.3 48.2
2000 45.1 48.7
2001 43.4 43.9
2002 42.7 45.2
2003 40.1 43.3
2004 40.6 44.9
2005 38.5 40.1
2006 34.6 37.9
2007 33.5 36.3
2008 35.1 38.3
2009 35.8 38.9
SOURCE: Authors' calculation based on SSA administrative data, Continuous Work History Sample.
NOTE: 1975 is the year the cohort born in 1913 reached age 62.