If you were to ask hiring managers if they had discriminated against older workers, I’m sure most of them would tell you that they hadn’t. Nobody likes to thing of themselves as a bigot.
But the fact is, older job seekers have a harder time finding employment than their younger counterparts. According to an article in the New York Times entitled, Longer Unemployment for Workers Over 45 Years Old, job seekers over 45 years old can expect to remain unemployed 37% longer than job seekers under 45. Figures from theBureau of Labor Statistics further illustrate the problem. According to the Bureau, older workers are disproportionately represented in the “Long Term Unemployed” (i.e. workers who have been unemployed for at least 6 months).
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