This is a compilation of 4 separate articles on the unemployed and unemployment, in America. Are you detecting a pattern to the agenda? Please click the links to read the complete articles.
Unemployed. . . and Over 50
A recent news story, “For the Unemployed Over 50, Fears of Never Working Again,” hit home. We all have friends “over 50” who have lost jobs for any number of reasons who now, because of a recession economy’s toll on the job market, cannot find work. For some, it is that they cannot find “meaningful” work; for others, there is no “comparable” work; still others can’t find anything, or anyone who values their particular sets of skills and experience, much less their willingness — nay, their sometimes desperate need — to work.
The words in the article that I found most chilling, however, were these: “[some of the accidentally unemployed] are starting to worry that they may be discarded from the work force — forever” and a reference to “people who have been cast adrift.”
This is the real fear: that, by virtue of age and this consequential loss of economic power, we have become invisible and irrelevant, that our working lives to date are counted as meaningless, and that the future we once imagined has been erased.
Initially, I viewed this new economic reality as painfully similar to the marketplace we first tried to enter in the late 1960s and 1970s where the men in charge of the world were loathe to share their economic power with — gasp! — educated, ambitious women. Our training for careers, particularly professional careers except for teaching and nursing, was deemed meaningless. It was difficult to imagine a productive future when you couldn’t even get a job, when one news director with whom I interviewed in 1970 pronounced a woman reporter “an unnecessary frill.”
For the Unemployed Over 50, Fears of Never Working Again
Unemployment Hits Harder For Youth and Over 50
When Firms Won’t Even Consider Hiring Anyone Unemployed