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Seniors Are The ‘Unsung Victims’ of The Jobs Crisis, Says AMAC

Older Americans in the workforce who find themselves suddenly unemployed face unique problems.  

BOHEMIA, NY, Aug 10 – “The unsung victims of America’s jobs crisis are older Americans and retirees, including those on Social Security,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

He pointed to government reports that indicate the number of seniors in the workforce has been increasing steadily in recent years and that by 2014 the number of older workers and retirees going back to work will have increased by as much as 74%.

Weber noted that “at a time when seniors are receiving lower interest on their savings and when prices at the gas station and the grocery store are at near record highs, many seniors need to supplement their retirement benefits by going back to work.  The problem is that throughout the recession and continuing during its stagnant aftermath, government programs have failed to create enough jobs to go around and unemployment levels remain at record highs for everyone, including seniors.“

The most recent jobs report for July 2012 showed that 163,000 new jobs were created during the month, and “while it was cause for celebration for some politicians, it masked the fact that we need to be creating 300,000 jobs per month just to keep pace with the demands of the workforce,” Weber pointed out.

“The harsh reality is that also in July the unemployment rate actually rose to 8.3%.  So much for job creation,” Weber explained commented, noting that seniors in the workforce who find themselves suddenly unemployed face what he calls unique problems.

“For one thing, they are competing for jobs with younger workers and the simple fact that they are older puts them at a disadvantage.  In economic times such as this, it’s easy for employers to discriminate on the basis of age.”

The AMAC chief also explained that individuals collecting Social Security can find it harder to collect unemployment insurance, even though they have steadily paid for it.  “Either they won’t qualify because of the benefits they are receiving – meager as they are – or, if they do qualify, their unemployment income might be reduced by the amount of their Social Security income.”


NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue.  Please contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or to set up a chat.


The Association of Mature American Citizens [] is a vibrant, vital and conservative alternative to those traditional organizations, such as AARP, that dominate the choices for mature Americans who want a say in the future of the nation.  Where those other organizations may boast of their power to set the agendas for their memberships, AMAC takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests, and offering a conservative insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.

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Carol Strebel

I guess I am talking to the choir. My husband and I are in the same boat. Both of us need to make some extra money because living on social security is almost impossible now a days. Every day things get more expensive. i pray to God that we get a new regime in November.


Ain’t Socialism grand!
I’m so thankful that I don’t need to rely on my family or neighbors for help.
I can go straight to my Federal Government for anything I need.
Excuse me.
I think I’m going to be sick.


The government creates government jobs. Public American businesses create public jobs. Without public jobs, there is not tax revenue. Without tax revenue, the government workers won’t get their pay checks. The government and government workers produce nothing. The government produces NO revenue. If all the public jobs were to suddenly disappear, our economy would totally collapse. Our government would totally collapse. But this is something that liberals do not or refuse to understand. Liberals cannot wrap their brains around the fact that the Federal Government is like a big mutant leech. It sucks out all the blood. It does not give transfusions. The Federal Government is a taker. When it gives out money, it’s your money and mine the government is giving out. The only money the government has is what it confiscates from us…..American citizens. The bigger the government, the smaller the economy. You can always tell a liberal……..but… Read more »


I’m 70. I work part-time as a rental car driver for minimum wage. I started out in life making minimum wage, I’m ending up life making minimum wage. Full circle. But….it helps to keep me busy and active and offsets some small expenditures like dining out, gas, etc. I’m interviewing for new driving job that pays twice as much. The jobs are out there. You just have to dig for them. I work to live….not live to work. Continuing to work keeps one active, healthier and longer lived. Idleness will kill you. Do nothing and your brain will become nothing.


I see posting comments on this site continue to be sporadic at best. What a shame.


I just wrote a beautiful litany of what you guys should do with all that wonderful free time and intelligence that is wasting away while your twiddling ur thumbs about this government and it was wiped clean. It didnt show up on my screen anyway. Is it possible I was giving u such good advice someone didnt want u to have? :) Anyway, my thoughts were that u could barter for your bread. That is how it was done before govt stepped in to control us. Still can be done as long as it is …

Harvey B. Rich

As someone who has followed this issue on AMAC’s web site for a while- I don’t think the writer meant “government creates jobs”- I’m sure what he meant was government policies and the wreck of economy are what is preventing jobs from being added. And that is definately true!

Bruce Smith

I have one problem with the above article. To quote the writer, “government programs have failed to create enough jobs to go around”. We don’t need more government jobs. We need a vibrant private sectior. The best way to grow jobs in the private sector is for the government to get out of our businesses with over regulation. Most regulations never see the light of day in the legislative process. They are put in place by unelected bureaucrats.


UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, can we allow ANY changes made to Social Security or Medicare (or anything else, for that matter), as long as idiot dumocruds are in control!!!! WE GOTTA get rid of ALL of them!!!!
Try living on $11,000 p/y, total income!!!!
God Bless America!!!!

Martha L

My husband lost his job at age 61 and 1 mo, due to downsizing of company(oil related). He has now been unemployed for almost 3 years. Luckily I had him on my health insurance in my retirement package. We have been making it by really cutting back, but his employment searches have yeilded zero. Like you say it doesn’t matter that he has an MBA and 40 years experience, nobody gives him the time of day. We had thought about persuing age discrimination when he was laid off, but decided that he was just another statistic in this day and age. He had 35 years with the same company and was very loyal to his company’s management position. He had hoped to work to about age 70. Yes we are luckier than most, but still he is depressed to have been put in this position late in his career. He… Read more »

Terry Cox

My wife, who is 63 and who had lost her job because of the business selling to another company, has not been able to find work even though she a very well qualified private firm accountant. We now believe it is because of her age. Sure, the employer can’t ask; but, how hard is it to figure out a person’s age when they ask when you graduated from High School? Or they follow the employment track record. There were two jobs she interviewed for that stopped cold after the interview. People in the know said how impressed they were and in fact one of the companies a certified accountant they used highly recommended her for the position. One reason is that they know her integrity, honesty and diligent work habits. He liked working with her as she always got the job done and on time. So, yes, she is one… Read more »

Jim Duffy

I agree with Dan to a point. If this administration removed the UN-MANDATED GREEN regulations including the senseless reporting require then plenty of jobs would be developed.

Government does not CREATE jobs and only stands in it’s way.