With inflation factored in, Americans now earn roughly as much as they did in 1996.
It's difficult for older workers to job hop in this economy, but if they are jumping ship, here are some good places to land.
Participation in the labor force by older workers has been increasing steadily since the 1990s, partly because of financial necessity.
By taking a loan before the current market dips, workers essentially locked in some of their gains -- as if they'd simply made the decision to sell high.
More personalized arrangements are gaining popularity. For instance, one heavily tattooed man wanted to have his body stuffed.
Some people snap up the free or cheap good stuff and resell it at a profit. You have to understand the system to make it work.
Many older Americans keep working because they can. They also have strong financial incentives.
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Six weeks later, most Americans have forgotten about the 2014 tax season -- except those who didn't file by the April 15 deadline.
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