Jennifer Schramm

Jen Schramm is a senior strategic policy advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute. Her areas of expertise include employment trends, policy challenges and opportunities related to workers and jobseekers ages 50 and above, and skills and credentialing for mid- and late-career workers. Read her full biography.
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The labor force participation rate for older workers continues to decline, suggesting that many older workers displaced by COVID-19 job loss have left the labor market.
Concerns about COVID-19 are highest among those with lower incomes.
As countries across the globe struggle to contain the pandemic, economists forecast continuing severe job loss in the coming months.
February 2020 Data Digest Blog
Unemployment rate held steady for those ages 55 and older
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The economy added 225,000 jobs in January but the overall labor force participation rate of adults 55 and older was unchanged for the sixth month. Plus a look at unions and older workers.
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Job growth weakened in December but the overall unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.5 percent. Plus a look at older workers and the regional jobs divide.
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November showed strong job growth, but the labor force participation rate remained unchanged for the 55+ for the fourth consecutive month. Plus, a look at how unemployment is measured.
October 2019 55+ Employment Table
This month's Spotlight: BLS employment projections for the coming decade forecast that while employment growth is projected to slow, labor force participation rates of 65+ workers will continue to climb
September 2019 Employment Summary
The unemployment rate declines to a 50-year low but hiring slows in September. Plus, a look at international efforts to promote longer careers
August 2019 employment figures table
Hiring slowed in August as the labor market added +130,000 jobs, and payroll gains for June and July combined were revised down
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