The New York Times blog, Room for Debate, has a great round-up of experts’ thoughts on why and how older workers are struggling to get jobs during the recession. It’s no big news that older adults have had difficulties (and have even been discriminated against) in the workforce way before the economy began to falter, but things are particularly hard now.
Between the idea that bosses don’t want employees older and more experienced than them, to the fact that older workers cost more to a company salary-wise, to the theory that your productivity decreases as you age, these folks have a range of different reasons why older workers are having such a hard time. (Not to mention the comments section has blown up there as well.) Make sure to check it out.
On the upside, check out AARP’s Best Employers for Workers Over 50 – because some folks know how valuable you are!