Tens of thousands of metro Atlantans over 55 have been especially hard-hit by the recession and ensuing weak recovery, AJC staffer Dan Chapman reports.
The jobless rate for over-55 Americans hit 7.3 percent in August — a level not seen in at least 60 years of federal record-keeping.
The unemployment rate for older workers is lower than the overall rate, but it has risen faster this recession than for any other age group, Chapman writes.
And no other cadre stays unemployed as long as older Americans, who in many cases have deeper financial obligations and less time than younger workers to regroup from the loss of steady income, Chapman reports.
Those lucky enough to find work are unlikely to make what they previously earned, further crimping a once-comfortable retirement scenario.
Are you in this group? What has your job-hunting experience been? Think your age has gotten in the way of landing a job?
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