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Older workers suffer from long-term unemployment more than any age group |

by Olivera Perkins, The Plain Dealer from

Research finds bias in hiring

The perception among older workers that employers aren't hiring them because of age is probably true, research has shown. In a paper last year, "Unemployed Older Workers," the U.S. Government Accountability Office said employers fear increased insurance costs. They fear that older workers demand higher wages. They fear that these employees will retire in a few years. They said older workers, especially those who have been unemployed long term, lack up-to-date computer skills.

The "New Unemployables," a 2010 study by the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College, based on an earlier survey by the Heldrich Center of job seekers 55 and older, showed a similar trend. Van Horn co-authored the Sloan Center study and wrote the new book "Working Scared (Or Not at All): The Lost Decade, Great Recession, and Restoring the Shattered American Dream," which includes a look at joblessness among older workers. He said their perceptions about employer bias are probably true.

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