This 72-Year Old Man Works The Longest Mail Route In U.S.

In a tough economy, millions of older people are working well past retirement age. Indeed, as Bloomberg News reports, 7.2 million Americans, aged 65 and older, were employed last year, a 67 percent jump from 10 years earlier. But few have the dramatic story to tell that 72-year old Jim Ed Bull does.

The septuagenarian works the longest mail route in the United States. Driving a mail truck, he hauls parcels along a stretch of 187.6 miles in Southwest Oklahoma. Earning a salary of $62,000 a year, Bull has been working the job for 13 years, and he's only called in sick to work five times during that time, according to an in-depth profile by Bloomberg News.