The pandemic pushed 3 million more Americans than normal to leave the workforce early, a federal analysis has found. Of course, now the U.S. is struggling with unprecedented labor shortages, and experts say that it's older workers heading for the exits sooner than they should — not younger workers — who are primarily to blame. And while the state of the economy may do little to persuade older workers to stay in their jobs for a little bit longer, consider this: There's mounting evidence that early retirement doesn't translate into just a few extra years of golf, fishing, and margaritas on the beach. From your health and happiness to harsh financial realities, consider the risks of calling it quits too soon, especially as the cost of living rises due to inflation.
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