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Tales from the newly laid-off have been overflowing my Facebook news feed of late.
Though the jobs picture is brightening nationally, the average unemployed worker 55 and older has been out of work for nearly 45 weeks.
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.
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The following is a guest post by Alan Kalman.
Older 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.
Making house payments and putting food on the table could get much more difficult for some 200,000 chronically unemployed workers around the United States.
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