The New York Times reported the agony of many older workers who are struggling through the recession and massive layoffs. They fear that, though they planned to work until 65 or longer, they may actually never find another job.
With the economy adding fewer jobs than were shed in the last recession, and unemployment among young people also high, these fears are realistic. The article touches on the social impact on our culture as a whole if people too young to collect social security join the ranks of the homeless. Ironically, the stereotypical attitudes that often act against older applicants may become reality: they are not conversant with the latest business software, if they’ve been out of work for years. After a point, it’s no longer age discrimination, it’s simply hiring the most qualified workers.