One of the hurdles blocking the extension of unemployment insurance benefits for about 2 million long-term unemployed workers has been eliminated.
In May, the Urban Institute reported that the number of eligible Americans taking early Social Security benefits had hit a 35-year low. But the recession and protracted high unemployment have left some older adults"”such as 62-year-old Clare Keany"”forced to take benefits earlier than planned.
A new Government Accountability Office report says 55 percent of jobless older adults"”or 1.1 million Americans 55 and older"”have been unemployed for more than six months, up from 23 percent just four years ago. The report was addressed to the Senate Special Committee on Aging, which begins a hearing on older adults and unemployment issues today. Led by Sen. Herb Kohl, the Committee will investigate age discrimination in the workforce and ways to boost older workers' job prospects.
Changing face of the suburbs. Latest analysis pulled from 2010 Census: It's not news to us, but new research shows the nation's suburbs are shifting away from the young couples with children image. About 40 percent of residents are 45 or older. And politicians and planners are taking heed: Now that the children are raised and gone (mostly), these areas must be transformed into pedestrian-friendly, accessible communities where people can age in place.
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