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Sloan Center Releases Summary of Older Worker Engagement, Job Quality, Health, Well-being

23 February, 2009—"Even when the economy is humming along, older workers who get laid off tend to spend more time unemployed," writes Clare Ansberry of the Wall Street Journal.   

"In December, the average period for joblessness for workers older than 55 was 25 weeks, compared with 18.7 weeks for those under 55, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. The physical limitations of some older workers likely account for part of the difference. But Marcie Pitt- Catsouphes, director of the Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College, cites lingering stereotypes that older workers are more expensive, less productive and resistant to change.

Today's sputtering economy has flooded the labor market with a multitude of younger workers looking for jobs, which has made it even harder for older ones.