Work & Money

Older Workers: What “Work” Means Now


If you’re worried about your job or have been laid off, you might know that while older workers have fared better than younger ones during the recession, once you’re unemployed, it can take a long time to find a new job when you’re over 60.

And that’s not the only issue.

The infographic below, which AARP designed to promote its Work Reimagined initiative, gives a good quick-glance overview of what older workers seek and face in the employment marketplace.

Some highlights:

  • 10.1 percent of non-agricultural workers age 55-plus are categorized as “non-incorporated self-employed.” For some this means a real, profitable business; for others it means limping along as a freelancer or consultant.
  • Older job-seekers are unemployed an average 51.3 weeks (at which point, how many are no longer technically looking for work?).
  • 70 percent of older workers are in it for more than the money – but needing the money is still the top reason for working.

What the infographic doesn’t show is the sharp increase in workers wanting to stay in the workforce after they’ve reached traditional retirement age. Between 2006 and 2016, the number of workers in the 65-plus age bracket is expected to jump by more than 80 percent.

Also see our article on mediation for age discrimination.


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Are you still working? What are you looking for in a job? Let us know in the comments area below.



5 responses to “Older Workers: What “Work” Means Now

  1. I think I’ve got the problem with the font in the excerpt section corrected. The font I had originally used was “Algerian 16 pt.”, an MS Word font that gave some readers problems
    Again, keep in mind that this is a fantasy novel. No magic, dwarves, elves or any of the other ‘usual’ fantasy fare. Just humans, dragons and a slave rebellion.

    The website contains some examples of the CGI graphics I create, a synopsis, a description of the dragons as I see them, a section about myself, an email link, a section on the making of the images and an 8 chapter excerpt.

    If you’re not ‘into’ dragons or fantasy, the website probably won’t excite you. The intent is to emphasize that writing is a valid option for some, given the modern “print on demand” and the e-book options offered to authors by Barnes & Noble, Amazon and a few others.

    The traditional ‘brick and mortar’ publisher is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.

    Consider writing; it’s just one man’s opinion, but I’ve found it rewarding, and you may too!

    The website is:

    Thanks for looking – Ouzinki

  2. After 45 years as an industrial process controls technician, diabetes and a shoulder injury on the job have put me ‘out to pasture’ as it were.

    I now tool around in a power wheelchair that I paid cash for, but my ‘spare’ time is anything but spare.

    I’ve been involved on a hobby leve, making computer graphic images for the past 15 years, but the real interesting part has been only in the past two.

    You see, I’m now writing, and illustrating a book, a fantasy novel, featuring the dragons I’ve made with the CGI software.

    The writing is coming along well, and the book is just past half finished as I write this. It’s truly enjoyable, and a welcome relief to worrying about surviving on my ‘urban subsistence’ SSDI income, with a hope that maybe, just maybe I can make enough from the book to help out a little.

    I’ve created a website for the book. If there’s any interest, I can post the URL here. Point is, retirement isn’t a time to take up residence in a wheelchair by the fireplace. If nothing else, try your hand at writing. Can’t hurt, right?

      1. Thanks Barbara. Been having a bit of a problem with the font on the excerpt section of the website. I’ll get a link posted soon.

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