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Strong Jobs Report Boosts Older Workers

Posted on 03/8/2013 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkEmployers 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 …

Steady Jobs Growth Eludes Older Workers

Posted on 02/1/2013 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkOlder job seekers may feel like they’re scaling Mount Everest in pursuit of work. Employers added 157,000 jobs to their payrolls in January but the unemployment rate for older workers climbed just one-tenth of 1 percent to 6 percent, the government reported Friday. For men 55 and older, the jobless rate remained at 6.2 percent for the second straight month. But to illustrate the challenges they face in landing a job, consider their unemployment rate one year ago — it was …

Jobless Rate Holds Steady For Older Workers

Posted on 12/7/2012 by |Money and Work | Comments

Work  Companies hired more workers than expected in November despite superstorm Sandy’s wrath in parts of the East, though unemployment levels for older workers held steady at 5.8 percent, the government reported Friday. Men 55 and older saw the jobless rate edge up one-tenth of 1 percent to 6.2 percent last month.  Still, it was an improvement from one year ago, when the rate was 6.4 percent. For older women, the unemployment rate in November declined to 5 percent from …

Jobless Report Contains Good News For Older Workers

Posted on 09/7/2012 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkCompanies loosened their purse strings and hired more of us older workers in August. The unemployment rate dipped to 5.9 percent last month from 6.2 percent for workers 55-plus, the government reported Friday. Men and women alike saw equal gains. The jobless rate for men fell to 6.1 percent in August from 6.5 percent the month before. For women, the rate fell to 6.2 percent last month from 6.6 percent in July. Despite those improvements, older workers seeking employment were …

Where the Jobs Are

Posted on 10/5/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkThe latest unemployment numbers show that the average 55+ worker is out of work for 55 weeks, compared to 39 weeks for younger workers. Want to increase your odds of landing a job in a rough economy with 9.1% unemployment? One option is to broaden your scope and explore cities where jobs are more plentiful. Among the Top 10 metro areas for job seekers: Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, San Jose, Oklahoma City and Cleveland. (Yes, Cleveland! And Columbus is in …