Job loss isn’t easy for anyone, but older workers face particular challenges getting back to work. In September, more than 1.3 million workers age 55 and older were unemployed, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among job seekers in that age group, roughly half have been out of work for 27 weeks or more, which puts them in the category of the long-term unemployed.
Even though many employers are eager to hire, many of the openings may no longer fit the needs of the people who are looking for work, especially older adults who have had to balance health, family and retirement concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. – AARP 2 November 2021