Jobs Picture Improves for Boomers

The September unemployment figures for baby boomers were the best they’ve been in three years.

“For the 45- to 54-year-olds, the rate was 6.1 percent in September, the lowest since January 2009. For 55- to 64-year-old workers, it is 5.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008.

The same pattern holds for men and women. Men 45 to 54 had an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent in September, down from 8.4 percent two years ago; women in that age bracket had a 6.0 percent rate, the lowest since May 2009. The numbers are similar for the older boomers.

Rich Pennock, a vice president for Kelly Services, one of the country’s biggest workforce staffing companies, says experienced people are particularly attractive now as employers look to build back their inventories. ‘They want to get up and running quickly, so they want skilled people they can bring to the table immediately,” he said. “In the early 2000’s they had the time to train their workforce; now they’re looking for employees who are ready to go.’”


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