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Robots Are Hiding 27 Million Workers

from Employers Who Need Them

Applicants’ résumés are often going into an electronic black hole,

ghosted by potential employers. Here’s how job seekers can get around it.

by Kerry Hannon at

Every once in awhile, while covering the older workers and personal finance beats, I run across a research report that stops me cold. “Hidden Workers: Untapped Talent” fits that bill, revealing the cruel underbelly of hiring. I’d even call it explosive.
   The findings of the 74-page “Hidden Workers: Untapped Talent” come from a study jointly piloted by Harvard Business School’s Project on Managing the Future of Work and the consulting firm Accenture. Its researchers estimate that there are
more than 27 million “hidden workers” in America — ones who are unemployed, underemployed or working part time and who are eager to get hired for full-time jobs. The problem is they’re “hidden” from most employers who’d benefit from hiring them.

Pandemic Costs Older Women Workers Jobs, Income

Caregiving duties , age discrimination  hinder ability of many to make a living

by Kenneth Terrell at

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Since the beginning of 2020, 41 percent of women ages 40 to 65 lost job-based income, according to new research that finds that women  —  particularly women of color  —  carried heavier burdens as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted workplaces and the American economy.
   To determine the impact the pandemic has had on midcareer and older women workers, AARP Research conducted an online survey of 1,612 women in June 2021. The poll found that since  January 2020 , the respondents  had lost money due to combinations of job loss (14 percent), reduced hours (13 percent), job furlough (9 percent), temporary layoff (7 percent) or reduced salary/hourly wage (4 percent).

How to Cultivate Work Relationships in a Zoom World

4 ways to build bonds with colleagues when work is virtual

by Nancy Collamer at

Think ageism

is a U.S. problem?

Think again.

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Making a Noise

The International Journal

for Age Diversity

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Working from home is undeniably convenient, if you're able to do it. But remote work can also get lonely. A Pew Research Center study found that 65% of workers who shifted to remote work due to the pandemic felt less connected to their colleagues. That's a problem…
   Fortunately, there are a few ways to cultivate and nurture work relationships even in a Zoom world.

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The More Things Change…

It may seem hard to believe but there are constants in the job search world

Sometimes it seems like all that we hear is how different things are in today’s workplace and how it is a new day for those job seekers who desire to be part of that new workplace.
   Of course there is truth to that.  MORE 


Unemployment Data

for September 2021

National Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate Age 50-54

Unemployment Rate Age 55+

Total Number of Unemployed

over age 50
1.9 million

Labor Participation Rate


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All figures according to September, 2021

Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent data.

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