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A Discussion About Older Workers and “The Big Quit”

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This week I am speaking with Chris Farrell… Chris recently wrote a piece for Next Avenue called Older Workers and “The Big Quit.” We discuss this and where the economy is going specifically as it relates to older workers.


Think ageism

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Think again.

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Making a Noise

The International Journal

for Age Diversity

7 Occupations That Are Bouncing Back This Summer

Unemployment rate for older workers has dropped steadily this season

by Kenneth Terrell at

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The job market took a large step forward in July with 943,000 people getting hired for new jobs. That's promising news for older workers, with the unemployment rate for people age 55 and older dropping to 4.4 percent, down from 4.9 percent in June. The nation's overall unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in July from 5.9 percent one month earlier, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

How to Leverage Personal Branding to Get Hired

by Wendy Marx at

You’re over 50 and on the hunt for a job that fits your skills and level of experience. What can help distinguish you from other, perhaps younger, job candidates? For starters, I recommend developing a personal brand. Let’s look at how you can strategically use personal branding to get hired.
   But first let’s dive into what personal branding is and how it can make all the difference in your job search.

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The Game is On

Job seeking doesn’t have to be a game, but sometimes it is

The dreaded Applicant Tracking System – ATS – has become the bane of all job seekers, regardless of age… We recently heard one mature job seeker refer to ATS as a “game.” Similar to what the definition says, employers erect screens to weed out applicants, and the applicants try whatever tricks that they can muster to get around those screens.  MORE 

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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.

More help for the 50+ job seeker: