One Year is the Average Length of Unemployment for Older Jobseekers
"At the start of the recession in December 2007, the average duration of unemployment for older jobseekers [aged 55+] was 20.2 weeks ... Average duration of unemployment for the older unemployed rose to 55.7 weeks in March 2012," according to a 2012 analysis of BLS statistics.
Rix, S. E. (2012). The employment situation, March 2012: Unemployment rises for older workers. (Fact Sheet No. 255). Washington, DC: AARP Public Policy Institute. Retrieved from www.aarp.org.