In every corner of America, millions of people are terrified of losing their jobs and falling into financial ruin. Men and women with impressive professional achievements and credentials are being let go, nudged out and pushed aside. They are pounding the pavement and scouring the job sites, but find themselves turned away even for the most basic retail jobs. Not because they aren’t competent. Not because they lack skills. But simply because they have a gray hair or two.
This is not just a story of people in their 60s or 70s. Workers as young as 50 are shocked to find themselves suddenly tossed onto the employment rubbish heap, just when they felt on top of their game. They’re feeling stressed, angry and betrayed by a society which has benefited greatly from their contributions.
As the global population grows older, age discrimination is on the rise. It could be headed for you, much sooner than you think.
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Unemployed Older Workers in US / One’s past hard work and successes can become the very thing that keeps one from finding a new job
There are currently more than 4 million Americans who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more. This figure doesn’t include those who work part-time or on contracts — or those who, discouraged, have simply stopped trying. Many of them are older and well educated, and their situation doesn’t seem to be improving despite America’s slow … Continue reading »
Older Workers / How long do older unemployed workers conduct their job searches before deciding to retire ?
Unemployed people who have these resources retire more rapidly than those who cannot afford to do so, regardless of their job prospects. The results suggest that for job separations that do not lead to an immediate retirement, about half of the jobless spells end in retirement and half in re-employment. Among jobless spells that do end in retire- ment, most do so within a year after separation. Continue reading »
Companies looking to ditch older employees can be creative in the ways they try to avoid age discrimination claims. Here are 11 of their sneakiest ploys Continue reading »
The older you are, the harder it is to get a job if you\’re unemployed. In 2013 the average length of unemployment for workers over the age of 50 was 53 weeks, compared to 10 weeks for teenagers, according to the United States Department of Labor. Helping older people who lose their jobs deal with … Continue reading »
December 2012 marked the fifth year since the official onset of the Great Recession in December 2007 and more than three years since its official end in June 2009. What does the picture look like for Americans aged 55 and older today? More older people are in the labor force, either working or looking for … Continue reading »
Dear J.T. & Dale: My belief is that the younger generation of HR workers openly discriminate against older employees. I believe they are threatened because they are simply outperformed by the 40- to 70-year-olds. Thoughts? – Aaron J.T.: I’m not sure that it’s a question of who’s more productive, but rather, who’s less expensive. Labor costs … Continue reading »
Phyllis Barnett is only 61 years old, but as she explains it, she was already considered a senior in the eyes of the job market years ago. “I have discovered as I’ve gotten older,” she says, “that once you hit 45, you’re considered an older worker.” An accounting professional with a master’s degree in business … Continue reading »
During the recession and its aftermath, the number of long-term unemployed older workers more than quintupled, the greatest percentage increase out of all age groups, from 325,000 to 1.8 million. In 2011, more than half of older jobless workers were out of work for at least six months. And 4 in 10 older jobless workers … Continue reading »