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Where The Jobs Are: "55 And Older"
Zero Hedge ^ | 01/04/2013 | Tyler Durden

Posted on 01/04/2013 7:42:58 AM PST by SeekAndFind

A good jobs report? Sure, if one is 55 and over. In December the American jobs gerontocracy continued its relentless course, and as the two charts below summarize since Obama's first term, some 2.7 million jobs in the 16-55 year old category have been lost. The "offset": 4 million jobs for Americans between 55 and 69. For all those young people graduating from college (with $150,000 in student loans) who are unable to get a job, here is our advice: tell your parents, and grandparents, to retire already. Oh wait, they can't because Bernanke destroyed their savings. Oops - better luck next time.

Job "gains" for all Americans 54 and younger vs those 55 and older:

And the same broken down by segment:

Source: BLS



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society
KEYWORDS: helpwanted; jobs; layoffs; seniors; unemployment; workforce

1 posted on 01/04/2013 7:43:02 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

This is a rather surprising graphic for me. There are so many who are “retiring” early, I don’t quite understand who is taking these jobs ... perhaps there are many in the 55+ group who have taken 2+ jobs to replace their previously good-paying single job of the Bush years.


2 posted on 01/04/2013 7:52:50 AM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: SeekAndFind

“...tell your parents, and grandparents, to retire already”

Maybe the younger generation is better served maturing, rather than spending time watching cartoons and playing video games. Most of them are amazingly emotionally immature.

I won’t hire a department head younger than 35. Seriously. There’s always exceptions (very, very few), but I haven’t seen too many who have the emotional maturity to handle leadership.


3 posted on 01/04/2013 7:55:52 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: SeekAndFind

There is also the simple demographics of the gray-wave, Baby Boomers who keep on working and do not retire. Employers have a few good reasons to keep middle-aged (50-70) women: no maternity benefits, few sexism lawsuits, few health problems, unlikely to be in a caregiver role and drop everything to take care of a sick kid, lots of work experience, works in a job where physical strength doesn’t matter like the office.


4 posted on 01/04/2013 7:58:51 AM PST by tbw2
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To: AFPhys

The writer’s explanation is many of these retire-able workers have chosen to stay on because they can’t afford to retire.

Their 401K’s have been devastated by the market downturn and they can’t live off the puny interest they get from their savings.


5 posted on 01/04/2013 7:59:20 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: WKUHilltopper

Agreed. Being the center of the universe as a child and self-esteem BS to say you’re perfect and entitled results in people who cannot handle “No”, negotiate or, in many cases, serve as entry level employees told what to do.


6 posted on 01/04/2013 8:00:56 AM PST by tbw2
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To: SeekAndFind

“”””A good jobs report? Sure, if one is 55 and over”””
Yeah, but not everyone in that age group is excited about their part time job at Home Depot.


7 posted on 01/04/2013 8:01:34 AM PST by shelterguy
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To: AFPhys

I think you’ll find that the older population is taking mundane bag-boy type jobs. They’re not working as engineers anymore. Every company I’ve worked for has had a mandatory retirement age. They’re working because their “retirement” assuming they have any, won’t cover their expenses. There are now a huge number of part time positions available because Obamacare had caused companies to limit time worked to 28 hours.


8 posted on 01/04/2013 8:03:59 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: SeekAndFind

Makes sense to me. Hiring people who qualify for Medicare gets you off the hook on the Obamacare mandates.


9 posted on 01/04/2013 8:05:55 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I didn’t realize that. Good point.


10 posted on 01/04/2013 8:11:56 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Another reason to hire older workers...work ethic and reliability.


11 posted on 01/04/2013 8:15:35 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: WKUHilltopper

“Maybe the younger generation is better served maturing, rather than spending time watching cartoons and playing video games. Most of them are amazingly emotionally immature.”

We just hired a 20 something with a Graphic Arts degree to help with the paperwork. He has never worked in his profession and was pushing a delivery cart around our building. He lives with his parents and seems to spend all his time playing online video games. He has done nothing but whine since he came in the office about how things weren’t ‘set up’ for him when he got here. It seems he’s bitching about having to do things for himself. He’s also amazingly out of shape for someone so young.


12 posted on 01/04/2013 8:16:17 AM PST by dljordan (Voltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: Gen.Blather

I live out in the country so most of my shopping is done on line...
My UPS guy and FedEx guy are both way over 55... Should be retired but as one said, “...gotta eat!”.
Not too long ago, the FedEx guy was delivering and introduced me to his in uniform ride-along,......Mohamad...hmmmm....


13 posted on 01/04/2013 8:20:03 AM PST by matginzac
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To: AFPhys

Wallyworld


14 posted on 01/04/2013 8:21:44 AM PST by Morris70
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To: AFPhys

Yep, that’d be me. If there was some sort of return on savings and investments, I’d go fishing tomorrow, but since there is not, I keep slaving at it, 70+ hours a week.

Sorry young’uns. Uncle Ben moved my cheese.


15 posted on 01/04/2013 8:25:00 AM PST by SargeK
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To: who knows what evil?

Spot on. I think younger workers think they to be paid more for less work, and are entitled to it. I’ve always felt that your boss can’t give you a raise until he makes the money that he is going to need to pay you more.


16 posted on 01/04/2013 8:30:16 AM PST by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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To: dljordan

“We just hired a 20 something with a Graphic Arts degree to help with the paperwork. He has never worked in his profession and was pushing a delivery cart around our building. He lives with his parents and seems to spend all his time playing online video games. He has done nothing but whine since he came in the office about how things weren’t ‘set up’ for him when he got here. It seems he’s bitching about having to do things for himself. He’s also amazingly out of shape for someone so young.”

The “self proclaimed” entitled and “every one gets a trophy” generation. It is obvious this guy should automatically move up to a VP level, because I’m sure he really, really, really, really believes he can do it and it will come true (that’s the nonsense the teach in school)!

You don’t have to prepare yourself, work hard, accept current conditions without complaint-—just really, really, really believe! Because “you’re special”! Entitled just because you exist!

It’s good we have a bumper crop of these people. Because if the balloon goes up and we’re really headed for a collapse, the mobs will go after the weak, undiscerning and incapable dimwits first—allowing us more time for preparation.


17 posted on 01/04/2013 8:35:03 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: CIDKauf

‘Entitled’...there’s the key word. If I need help when I am out shopping; I make a bee-line for the older employees...they don’t act like I am ‘bothering them’, and they are usually informed about the item I am seeking...if not; they will find someone that is. I always remark about how pleasant it is to deal with them, as opposed to their younger ‘counterparts’. Sometimes I pass that on to management...


18 posted on 01/04/2013 8:41:30 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: tbw2
There is also the simple demographics of the gray-wave, Baby Boomers who keep on working and do not retire.
Keep in mind, the leading edge of boomers is just now hitting 65 y/o.
Many are still working to get their 401k accounts back to where they were before the market tanked.
19 posted on 01/04/2013 9:22:33 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: WKUHilltopper

I remember when Boomers used to say “don’t trust anyone under 35”.

Time change and so do boomers.


20 posted on 01/04/2013 9:23:43 AM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: JCBreckenridge

Actually it was “don’t trust anyone over 30”.


21 posted on 01/04/2013 9:28:13 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: dljordan

“We just hired a 20 something with a Graphic Arts degree to help with the paperwork. He has never worked in his profession and was pushing a delivery cart around our building. He lives with his parents and seems to spend all his time playing online video games. He has done nothing but whine since he came in the office about how things weren’t ‘set up’ for him when he got here. It seems he’s bitching about having to do things for himself. He’s also amazingly out of shape for someone so young.”

So this one young man represents all of us?

I’ll tell you about one older fellow I worked with. Used to work in a bindery - not great work, but you have to eat.

We had a quota. Quota was 7 carts (we loaded our stuff up on carts to keep track). He did 3. Everyday, he did 3.

I remember him, because he used to sit next to me. He used to complain endlessly, telling me to slow down, because if I worked hard, it meant he got paid less. I did 20+ carts in a day. Got paid the same.

Why wasn’t he fired - he’d been with the company forever. Pink slips rolled around guess who didn’t stay on, because he was the last hired? :)


22 posted on 01/04/2013 9:29:29 AM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: WKUHilltopper

“Actually it was “don’t trust anyone over 30”.”

Speaks volumes doesn’t it. When the boomers were young - they had an excellent economy built up by the hard work of their parents.

What are they handing off for the future? It doesn’t look pretty does it? It’s not the kid’s fault for all the debt racked up under Clinton and Bush and now Obama. America has gone from having a strategic advantage over most nations, to a strategic disadvantage.

The debt now is as high as it has ever been, save 1946, the year after the war. What did the parents of the boomers do? They actually cut the size of the government.

Look at what Boehner, what Pelosi, what Reid just did now. Did they have the leadership that we saw in ‘46? Or did they kick the can down the road.


23 posted on 01/04/2013 9:34:30 AM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: tbw2
I'm 59 and there are several nurses older than myself....ours IS a physical job....

I will tell you what...our age group doesn't get the colds and flu etc like the younger people...maybe its because we can put up with more tiredness, aches, pains, etc.....we seem to have a little bit more stamina....

24 posted on 01/04/2013 9:36:00 AM PST by cherry
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To: WKUHilltopper

we’ve hired many new, young nurses at my hospital...all from expensive 4 yr universities.....I have to tell you that these young women are terrific....its nice to see...they work hard..


25 posted on 01/04/2013 9:39:37 AM PST by cherry
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To: JCBreckenridge

“So this one young man represents all of us?”

Actually no. We just lost a 24 YO that was the best but he is one out of four. The other were to lazy to work and were fired.


26 posted on 01/04/2013 10:29:27 AM PST by dljordan (Voltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: WKUHilltopper
"The “self proclaimed” entitled and “every one gets a trophy” generation"

At work, we call these kind of kids "The Eloi".

27 posted on 01/04/2013 10:53:13 AM PST by Ol' Sox (Those who advocate should be first in line to experience the consequences of their convictions.)
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To: dljordan

So now we get the truth. :)


28 posted on 01/04/2013 11:24:54 AM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: JCBreckenridge

“So now we get the truth. :)”

Yeah, one out of four ain’t bad, leaving out the two that we asked that said we ‘work too hard’.


29 posted on 01/04/2013 1:20:15 PM PST by dljordan (Voltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: JCBreckenridge
What did the parents of the boomers do? They actually cut the size of the government.

It was the boomer parents that voted for LBJ and his Great Society. Nice try, though.

30 posted on 01/04/2013 2:28:10 PM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Ol' Sox
Well, if you start hearing air raid sirens, act quick!

Impeach the kenyan or secession.


31 posted on 01/04/2013 7:22:05 PM PST by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: SeekAndFind

My wife still enjoyes doing inventory at 74!

I still do construction work at 75.

Retirement is for dead people!!


32 posted on 01/04/2013 7:44:57 PM PST by dalereed
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To: tbw2

“unlikely to be in a caregiver role and drop everything to take care of a sick kid”

No,but when I was in my 50s I had to take time off to care for my mother.

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33 posted on 01/04/2013 7:52:11 PM PST by Mears
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To: cherry
I will tell you what...our age group doesn't get the colds and flu etc like the younger people...

We've acquired a good number of antibodies along the way!

34 posted on 01/04/2013 7:52:27 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: SVTCobra03

Boomers have been in power now the last 24 years. Boomer parents gave us Reagan. Boomers gave us Obama.


35 posted on 01/05/2013 8:52:00 PM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: dljordan

Really? Sounds like they learned that from older folks like the fellow I worked with who said the same thing.

Perhaps you should hire better people next time.


36 posted on 01/05/2013 8:55:38 PM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: JCBreckenridge

I am a boomer and I voted for Reagan, so you are full of it.


37 posted on 01/06/2013 5:25:53 AM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Think about it - what age group is the most likely to have a strong work ethic? Considering the mush-heads that come out of some high schools today, and considering the voting ethic of the younger adults, can there be any doubt that the older people are more likely to put in a day’s work for a day’s pay?

Consider also, experience. Fresh out-of-college may be smart, but 30 years in the field is smarter, and more equipped to handle the job right from the start.


38 posted on 01/06/2013 5:46:20 AM PST by meyer (Proud member of the 53%.)
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To: WKUHilltopper

With all due respect, you might want to reconsider making the age of 40 years your cutoff point. A few years back I decided to change the way I view people after all the stupidity I see on a regular basis, mostly by younger people than myself, I am in my 50’s. I realized that If I “assume” everyone I come in contact with that appears to under 40 is dumber than dirt and one of the proudest morons I have ever met, and the only thing they can do competently is put a condom on in the dark. Ya know I am right more than 90% of the time, never disappointed anymore and once in a while I actually meet someone that has a clue.


39 posted on 01/08/2013 8:42:39 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: meyer

Your post is spot on. By and large; older employees are the best.


40 posted on 01/08/2013 8:45:23 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: dljordan

I’m laughing at your description of the Graphic Arts guy. A friend of mine hired a fresh out of college gal - also in Graphic Arts. All she did was complain that her cubicle wasn’t as large as others’ and she whined about everything. She didn’t last long enough to find out she was NOT getting a raise when she got her first review. My friend said she would never ever hire one of those kids fresh out of school. Let somebody else break them in or wash them out.


41 posted on 01/08/2013 9:04:44 AM PST by ladyjane (For the first time in my life I am not proud of my country.)
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To: ladyjane
A friend of mine hired a fresh out of college gal - also in Graphic Arts. All she did was complain that her cubicle wasn’t as large as others’ and she whined about everything.

I'd have told her, her cube is smaller not because of seniority, not because of talent -- but because she is a GIRL.

Then I would have playfully slapped her ass, and stood transfixed as it stayed in motion for hours.

42 posted on 01/08/2013 9:09:06 AM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: eyeamok

“With all due respect, you might want to reconsider making the age of 40 years your cutoff point.”

Never said 40. I don’t know where this number came from. 35 and older is who I would consider possibly mature enough for higher management duties. There are some exceptions, but rare.


43 posted on 01/08/2013 12:51:21 PM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: Lazamataz

Wow. Sounds good. Are you busy tomorrow night?


44 posted on 01/09/2013 6:08:19 PM PST by ladyjane (For the first time in my life I am not proud of my country.)
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