Employers Seek Older Workers

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<p><strong>Norfolk, Va. &mdash; Sept. 18</strong><br />The AARP Foundation and The Employment Guide have collaborated to bring together older workers with companies who seek their talents during the Employ the Older Workers Job Fair Series.<br /><br />From Aug. 22 to Oct. 19 in more than 40 cities across the country, employers will meet hundreds of job seekers, all at least 50 years old. </p><p>The Employ the Older Workers Job Fair Series is being held in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor&rsquo;s National Employ Older Workers Week (Sept. 23-29).<br /><br />&ldquo;We are thrilled to offer the opportunity for older workers to connect with hundreds of potential employers,” said Jeff Littlejohn, The Employment Guide vice president and general manager. “The Employ the Older Workers Job Fair Series is just one of the many ways we can help the older worker continue to make a contribution to the labor force.&rdquo;  <br /><br />The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the share of the labor force age 55 and older, currently at 17 percent, is rising rapidly, and by 2020, is projected to be nearly 24 percent. </p><p>Nearly seven out of 10 workers age 45 to 74 tell AARP that they plan to work in some capacity in retirement.<br /><br />Older workers staying in the labor force longer is good news for employers &mdash; a mass exodus of baby boomers from the labor force as they reach retirement age would cause a significant labor shortage.<br /><br />Keeping these workers employed also makes good business sense &mdash; a report prepared for AARP by Towers Perrin, “The Business Case for Workers Age 50+,” found older workers are more motivated to exceed expectations on the job than their younger counterparts.</p>

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