Big week for Over 50 and Out of Work


This past week was a big week for Over 50 and Out of Work!

  • Market Talk, published throughout the day by Dow Jones Newswires, wrote about our site in today’s post The Jobs Report, in Context.
  • We conducted two new expert interviews that will be added to our site soon:

Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, co-director of the center on aging and work/workplace flexibility at Boston College

David DeLong, author, consultant and a research fellow at the MIT Age Lab

Next week, we’ll be in Las Vegas (Nevada has the highest statewide rate of unemployment) to conduct interviews with residents who are 50-plus and jobless.

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Stand-up Gal said:

The site's data charts compare timelines and stats for American workers aged 50+ to those for all workers aged 16+. The data would be more compelling still if you also broke out Americans 49-. Please consider including this third cohort in your bar graphs -- or using it in place of the 16+ data.

Pigbitin Mad said:

Yes, it is age. I am your exact age and have been unemployed exactly as long. I have always gotten jobs before but now all of a sudden i am not qualified even when I apply for a job that is the exact duplicate of something i have already done.

Pigbitin Mad said:

Yes, it is age. I am your exact age and have been unemployed exactly as long. I have always gotten jobs before but now all of a sudden i am not qualified even when I apply for a job that is the exact duplicate of something i have already done.

Perry said:

I am 50 and have been out of work for 17 months. I have applied for hundreds of positions with the company that eliminated my job. I was and am willing to relocate. I was successful with my company and never missed a day of work for the 6 years I worked for this company. I started as a greeter in 2003, became a Customer Service Representitive, Retail Sales Representitive and was promoted to a District Sales Consultant. After doing a good job in that position I was promoted to a Regional Sales Consultant for Southern California. My inititive was retail to business and lead the region to the top in the enterprise, because of this, there was not a need for a consultant and my job was eliminated. I have applied for Business Sales, Manager and Assistant Manager positions, Retail Sales, and Customer Service Positions. No luck! I have never even had a face to face interview. I had a couple of telephone interviews, but in most cases I recieved a letter (Email) stating "I was not qualified", or someone was hired with "Quailifacations that was a better match the position". There are currently 500 positions availible with this company and I am not qualified. Do you think age has anything to do with it? I have also applied for hundreds of other positions with other companies and have not had any luck either. It's depressing. I have to work another 17 to 20 years until retirement and no one is willing to hire me. I am a proven commodity and was successful. Still looking and getting closer to 67 everyday.

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