Labor Day is No Picnic for the Unemployed

Posted on 08/31/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkLabor Day isn’t the easiest holiday for the millions of folks who are unemployed. For family and friends of people who are jobless, being unsure of what to say – or not say – is tough as well (the link has some good advice). It’s an especially difficult time for people who haven’t had to job-hunt in years, and for workers with multiple decades of experience who often face age bias. AARP has resources to help on topics from decoding job …

Older Workers Laid Off In Recession Still Struggling to Find Comparable Work

Posted on 08/22/2012 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkIt’s been nearly four years since the end of the Great Recession was declared, yet a new survey shows that older Americans who were thrown out of work continue to struggle. More than 600 workers ages 40 t0 69, who lost their jobs amid the downturn, took part in the annual Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies poll. Many say they’ve settled into positions that were below their skill level or pay grade, or made do with part-time work because they couldn’t …

More Jobs Being Filled By People Switching Careers

Posted on 07/31/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkOver half of all recent job openings were filled by people who didn’t previously work in that industry or occupation, according to a new analysis. With unemployment high and many older adults looking for “encore careers,” this news is an encouraging sign that switching careers is possible these days.

Jobless Rate Edges Down for Older Workers

Posted on 07/6/2012 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkThe 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 …

Can the Nation’s Foreclosure Capital Bounce Back?

Posted on 05/25/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsSusan Milligan is visiting six Election 2012 battleground states to talk with 50-plus voters for a report that will be published in the September issue of the AARP Bulletin. She posted this from Las Vegas. So maybe the unemployment rate here is still above 12 percent. So maybe the housing bubble burst like a nuclear explosion, taking down housing values and leaving legions of homeowners underwater on their mortgages. So what? This is Las Vegas, where most people still believe …

The Long-Term Unemployed: Who’s Been Hurt More?

Posted on 05/23/2012 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkStubbornly high unemployment has thrown workers of all ages into a tizzy. But the question of which age group has suffered most is something the experts can’t agree on. A recent Government Accountability Office report found that many older unemployed workers “face long-term unemployment and reduced retirement security.” It called on Labor Department officials to look at new strategies to help older workers find jobs. Public policy experts the GAO interviewed suggested these and other steps: • Give employers temporary wage …