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A Tale of My Two Layoffs

This time, at age 54, I'm not a cupcake

by Dartinia Hull at

The news alerts say unemployment filings have hit a low not seen since the start of the apocalypse in early 2020. But here you are, wild-eyed and trembling, typing away on the state's unemployment site, answering questions about job skills, some of which you haven't used in almost 30 years.
You're 54, laid off and on a seesaw of emotion and resolve.

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In Case You’re Taking Your Job Search Too Seriously

Signs You Are Experiencing Ageism In The Workplace



You’re excluded from any discussion of next week’s presentation under the assumption you’ll be dead or at least fully incapacitated by disease.   MORE

After 50 You Just Stop Caring (video)

Older Workers Accounted for

All Net Employment Growth in Past 20 Years

by William R. Emmons at

Total U.S. employment grew by 11,767,000, or 8.5%, in the 20 years ending in December 2020.1 All that growth—11,879,000, or 101% of the total—was due to increased employment of people age 60 and older. Meanwhile, the net employment change over the past two decades of people ages 16-59 was -112,000 (-1% of the total change), despite this younger group being 3.8 times as large as the older group in December 2000 and still 2.4 times as large in December 2020.

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A Man A Plan A Canal Panama

No matter in which direction you read it, your job search needs a plan

Talk to any business consultant (of any stripe) or to any successful business person and almost invariably they will admit to having a detailed, workable business plan. Many, in fact, will owe their success to their plans.
   Given that background, doesn’t it make sense for your job search to have a plan as well? Alice in Wonderland’s Cheshire Cat observed that if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there. Or will it?  MORE 

Office Work

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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Unemployment Data

for August 2021

National Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate Age 50-54

Unemployment Rate Age 55+

Total Number of Unemployed

over age 50
2.1 million

Labor Participation Rate


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All figures according to the August, 2021

Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent data.

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