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Employers picked up the pace of hiring in February, and older workers gained from that momentum. A robust 236,000 jobs were created, nudging down the unemployment rate nationally, including for workers 55 and older, the government reported Friday. The jobless rate fell to 5.8 percent last month from 6 percent in January for workers 55 and older. Among older men, their rate dropped to 6 percent in February from 6.2 percent the month before. Older women saw their rate slide …
The following is a guest blog from John Burgess, money editor on AARP’s content creation team. Fifty-five and older and looking for a job? There was a bit of good news for your age group in the federal government’s jobs report for June. The jobless rate for older workers fell to 6.2 percent, from 6.5 percent in May. But employers did not bestow the bounty equally among men and women. While the rate for older men fell from 7.0 percent in …
Standard policy or discrimination? A New York man says he was fired from his job as a lifeguard in 2007 because he refused to wear the required bikini-style swimsuit for an annual qualifying swim test. Roy Lester, now 61, filed a lawsuit claiming age discrimination. Lester, who has 40 years of water safety experience, says older lifeguards were slowly being phased out of Jones Beach and the swimsuit mandate was a way to do it.