Steve Boese predicts The end of retirement

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Some highlights, (or lowlights, depending on your perspective), from the recently released Wells Fargo Middle Class Retirement Study, an annual look at the attitudes, preparedness, and expectations for retirement amongst middle class American worker:

1. More than half the middle class (59%) are very clear that their top day-to-day financial concern is “paying the monthly bills,” an increase from 52% in 2012.

2. Saving for retirement ranks a distant second place, with 13% calling it a “priority.”

3. Four in ten middle class Americans (42%) say saving and paying the bills is “not possible.”

4. 48% are not confident they will be able to save enough for a comfortable retirement.

And last but not least the major implication for HR and Talent pros from this pretty depressing report on the state of American middle class retirement readiness:

5. 34% of the middle class say they will work until they are “at least 80” because they will not have saved enough for retirement, up from 25% in 2011 and 30% in 2012

A pretty grim situation on the current state of the average middle class American worker you would have to say.

Read the whole post over at Steve Boese’s HR Technology Journal (an FOT contributor blog).