The Upside-Down Job Market

Mar 21 2011 in Employment Economy, Featured, reCareered Blog by Phil Rosenberg

Here’s a fascinating Wall Street Journal piece discussing job growth among seniors, compared with job shrinkage for teens.

Huh? Wait a second … Isn’t this data completely opposite what we hear about ageism?

So why is every senior candidate I talk to completely stressed out that they can’t find jobs?

” The biggest changes in family life sometimes happen gradually. New employment data suggest one such seismic change is upon us: Job-holding patterns between the generations have turned upside down.

In the past, Grandma and Grandpa tended to retire to a life of leisure in their sixties, while teenagers were expected to work. As recently as 2000, boys ages 16 and 17 were far more likely to hold paying jobs than their grandparents ages 65 to 69.

But just a decade later, that picture has turned upside down: Grandpa is twice as likely to be working as Junior … “

by Sue Shellenbarger, Wall Street Journal columnist

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