More American seniors are finding a retirement groove that can include extra income from work, along with income from Social Security, pensions and investments, and many have favored not only jobs at Uber, but driving 18-wheelers or school buses.
America's workforce is aging with men and women over 65 outnumbering teens for the first time since 1948. A recent report from AARP, the membership organization for those 50 and older, found nearly a third of workers in America are above 50 years old. And Uber's driver demographics are similar.
The San Francisco-based start-up said 25 percent of its drivers are over 50, and that nearly half had no prior experience in the for-hire transportation industry. The details were released in a January report on Uber drivers, also known as Uber partners.
Ride-hailing competitors Lyft and Sidecar would not disclose how many drivers they have over 50. However, Sidecar drivers' average age runs from 35 to 45, said a company spokeswoman in an email to CNBC. And according to an email from a Lyft spokeswoman, the company is seeing a "growing number of drivers over 50."
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"We are proud to offer driver partners the flexibility they are looking for when using the Uber Platform," an Uber spokesperson told CNBC via email. "Partners often comment about the impact Uber's had on their lives including the ability to connect with their communities, stay social or earn additional income."