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Retraining in Need of Reexamination

by Morton Marcus at

How much money have we spent on worker retraining? This is a vital activity for workers displaced by new technology, by foreign competition, by geographic moves of domestic jobs to other regions or nations. How much money have the local, regional, state and federal agencies, their boards and staff spent for these purposes? With what returns? All I ask is to see the numbers and verification of those numbers.
   In Indiana, we have WorkOne, a central office (Indianapolis) and twelve regional satellite offices. Their websites report doing wonders for job-seekers and employers. In many cases, they talk about the employment agency function where employers can have applicants screened and referred for interviews. That function is decades old, just renamed from time-to-time.

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Psychology Professor’s Latest Book Is Practical Guide

to Ageism in the Workplace


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Age discrimination, or ageism, affects all workers – young and old. Psychology professor Lisa Finkelstein witnessed how it affected her father and has been studying its impacts for nearly three decades.
   “I was just starting my Ph.D program in industrial/organizational psychology at Tulane University in the early 90s and my dad, who was in his 60s and had some health issues, lost his job and was having a really hard time getting hired.”

Tech Job Posting “We Hire Old People”

Went Viral For Highlighting Ageism

by Jack Kelly at

A job listing for a software developer role advertising, “We do not discriminate based on age. Experience matters. We hire old people,” should seem innocuous. Of course, companies would hire older job seekers. However, that's an idealistic viewpoint. In practice, seasoned workers face ageism.  
   Fast Company first reported about a job posting for a software developer that was opened to older workers. As the tech industry skews heavily toward younger people, the listing garnered a lot of attention.


What’s Going On?

Job seekers have a tough row to hoe in 2021

On the one hand there is a lot of good news in the job market. By most estimates, there are a lot of jobs available and a lot people are getting hired.

   Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily always the case for the older job seeker.  MORE 

Collaborating at 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 July 2021

National Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate Age 50-54

Unemployment Rate Age 55+

Total Number of Unemployed

over age 50
2.3 million

Labor Participation Rate


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All figures according to the July, 2021

Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent data.

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