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The Pandemic Made the Last Acceptable Prejudice Worse

Ageism has colored the response to COVID-19

and is setting everyone up for a more difficult economic recovery

by Ashish Kaushal at foreignpolicy.com

If there is one thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us, it is that our survival depends on society putting the good of all above individual needs. It has also shown us, however, that we often fail to reach that ideal, and it has underscored many existing disparities, including unequal access to health care, uneven job losses, and an alarming economic gap between generations.

    According to Fast Company, in the next 30 years, the number of people aged 60 and older will rise to 2 billion, up from 900 million in 2015. But ageism may be on the rise in the COVID-19 economy.

Think ageism

is a U.S. problem?

Think again.

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Making a Noise

The International Journal

for Age Diversity

Older Jobseekers Falling Through the Cracks in Silent Crisis

by Jade Macmillan at abc.net.au

Not even the deadly threat of cancer was enough to keep Louise from going to work each day…

    Louise has been looking for a new job since August, when her 12-month contract in a management position was not renewed due to a COVID-related downturn…

    She also worries her age is making it more difficult.
 

Why It’s Easier To Get A New Job When You Have A Job (And What To Do If You Don’t)

by Dawn Graham at forbes.com

Hiring is highly biased… Research shows that employers discriminate against jobless candidates and tend to rate employed applicants higher on hireability. Also, the longer a person is unemployed, the lower the chances of getting an interview.

    So, when given the option, it’s best to find a new job before leaving your old one. However, we’re not always given this choice, and many have learned this firsthand over the past year.

    If you find yourself unemployed and looking, here’s what you can do.

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Coronavirus Affecting Your Job Search?

Nifty50s has accumulated job-search advice
that specifically addresses the Covid pandemic.
NIFTY TIP of the DAY

Throwing You a Line

Is there a Lifeboat Job in your future?

Almost as difficult as it is looking for a job at our age, knowing when to accept an offer or an opportunity may be just as difficult. And for those who have been out of work for an extended period of time, those decisions are that much tougher.

    Let’s set the stage. You’re out of work with no income. But you still have bills, maybe a mortgage, maybe one (or more) kids in college. Just because your income has halted, your bills have not.  MORE
 

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Unemployment Data

for January 2021

National Unemployment Rate
6.7%

Unemployment Rate Age 50-54
4.9%

Unemployment Rate Age 55+
5.3%

Total Number of Unemployed

over age 50
2.7 million

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