43 percent of US workers, retirees have under $10K saved for retirement

American workers are ill-prepared for retirement.

AP Photo/Mel Evans
Dave Swoyer (r.) stands near his father John Swoyer in his father's home Wednesday, Feb. 3, in Barrington, N.J. John, a widower, has asked his son, Dave, for financial help. Baby boomers and others saving diligently for their later years may be taking bigger risks than they realize if those plans don't include contingencies for their older parents.

If you’re worried about retirement you’re not alone. A new survey out today shows that Americans are increasingly ill-prepared for retirement. US Workers are delaying their planned career end dates to instead focus on building just a basic nest egg.

According to

“The percentage of workers who said they have less than $10,000 in savings grew to 43% in 2010, from 39% in 2009, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s annual Retirement Confidence Survey. That excludes the value of primary homes and defined-benefit pension plans.

“Workers who said they had less than $1,000 jumped to 27%, from 20% in 2009.

“Confidence in ability to save enough for a comfortable retirement hovered at 16% of respondents, the second lowest point in the 20-year history of the survey…

“…The percentage of workers who said they have saved for retirement fell to 69%, from 75% in 2009.”

The fact that only 16 percent of respondents believe they are saving enough for a comfortable retirement, a 20-year low, is an especially bad sign. It’s worse still if you consider that many of these workers may also believe they have some underlying financial support from two of the US government’s most egregious unfunded liabilities: Social Security and Medicare. These days, the nation’s retirement safety net is looking more threadbare than ever.

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