DERIK LATTIG CATS SAYS AGEISM? YOU BET!
The American workforce is getting older, forcing new discussions on how to get these workers educated in skills needed for high-paying jobs. Older workers, aged 55 and over, represent the fastest growing labor group in the US. By 2024, nearly 1 in 4 people in the labor force will be age 55 or over, according to the US Department of Labor . The increased workforce participation from older workers results from both increased lifespans , and financial constraints: nearly half of households headed by someone 55 or older has nothing saved for retirement . Currently, 3 million older adults are looking for full-time employment, Emily Allen, senior vice president for programs at AARP, told Business Insider . Many individuals seeking full-time might be part-time, or in low-wage jobs with limited growth opportunities. The biggest barrier to entry for older workers isn't a lack of skills: it's ageism. "The pickings are slim, the competition is fierce," Alice Fisher