USA: THE NEW UNEMPLOYABLES: OLDER JOB SEEKERS STRUGGLE TO FIND WORK DURING THE GREAT RECESSION

According to the sobering New Unemployables study by Boston College’s Sloan Center, older workers are currently less likely to find new employment, and when they do find new jobs, their job search has taken longer.
The study reveals:

  • The vast majority (84%) of older workers who were unemployed in August 2009 were still unemployed in March 2010.
  • More than two thirds of older job seekers (67%) included in the survey reported looking for work longer than a year.
  • Just 12% of the older workers surveyed had taken new education or training courses in the past year, for example, compared to 20% of younger job seekers.
  • Only 13% of older job seekers had used online social networking sites, compared to 28% of younger job seekers.
  • Overall, 64% of older job seekers rated the job search tools they were using as not helpful, compared to less than half (49%) of younger job seekers.

„Most older workers feel they cannot afford to consider retirement,“ says Carl Van Horn. In the short term, they need access to more intensive job search assistance, training, and education to help ensure their skills fit the needs of today’s economy.

Frage: Gibt es das auch in Österreich oder Deutschland?



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