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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 [email protected] to set up a chat.

ABOUT AMAC

The Association of Mature American Citizens [http://www.amac.us] 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
8 years ago

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.

Jim
8 years ago

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.

phil
8 years ago

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 not much!

phil
8 years ago

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.

PaulE
8 years ago

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

iris
8 years ago

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 …

Deb Werner
8 years ago
Reply to  iris

I am thinking of joining AMAC once I can get some funds. I am one of the under 60 that has fallen through the cracks. I was laid off in May 09 at the age of 55. I am not in good health. I am too young for medicare and since I no longer have children at home, i don’t qualify for Medicaid. Last summer I was living in a motor home that was connected to my sisters house. While there I broke my foot (no medical). I started the BK process 3 years ago but haven’t completed it because i keep having to add to it.

I moved to Montana last August to take care of the owner of the rv. I tried twice in Colorado for SSDI and was rejected because I can still sit at a computer-but not for a long time. I tried up here in MT and same reason-because my health problems are internal (Fibro, Arthritis. messed up spine) and don’t ‘look’ sick, I get rejected. Enough whinning. lol

I am part of the unemployed that has given up looking for work. If I was 10 years younger i could work on my feet but not now. Also employers do not want to hire anyone with experience because we won’t work for peanuts. I am working on starting my own business up here, once i get my health resolved.

John Higgins
8 years ago

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
8 years ago

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.

VirgoVince
8 years ago

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!!!!

Linda
8 years ago
Reply to  VirgoVince

Hi VirgoVince,

I don’t think they are that dumb, just a socialist agenda they are determined to push on us!

God Bless you and all!

VirgoVince
8 years ago
Reply to  Linda

Swell, Linda, but if they aren’t ‘that dumb,’ why are they socialists??

Martha L
8 years ago

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 is trying to hold out on Social Security until 65 (64 now) or 66 to get a better pay out. It is tough taking such a blow to our income.
This is another fine example of the government putting such mandates and restrictions on oil related jobs.

Janet L
8 years ago
Reply to  Martha L

Remind your husband that he is a member of a huge, huge club of over-60, highly qualified, laid-off, can’t-get’work-after-years members. The current trend to not hire long-unemployed applicants plus the bias against age (which oddly ignores the valuable experience factor) is just twisted. But it is real. Imagine such discrimination in reverse — if that exclusive club of out-to-pasture workers were convene, sort through the talent and form their own company / companies. Too bad there isn’t a “central desk” for that effort. Meanwhile, we wait for new leadership and a restored economy.

iris
8 years ago
Reply to  Martha L

Please dont dispair. Convince your husbands to share their wealth (knowledge,experience)with the youth! Create a club in your neighborhood with members being from the laid-off or pink-slipped citizens (male/female) and let the schools know you will tutor the children who are having learning difficulties and behavioral problems because of inattention or boredom. These children have been dumbed down by government mandates in the schools academia. With your help they can overcome the obstacles that have been placed before them by the LEFT.

Dont waste time by thinking negative. Be POSITIVE! I challenge all of you to share your expertise with the young and those who dont know how. I would do it if I had your knowledge. My brain is losing slowly what I use to have. I choose to believe that God will heal me before its too late but just in case I will do what I can with words of encouragement to those who still can. PLEASE THINK OF THE YOUTH! GOD HAS A PLAN FOR THEM. YOU CAN BE A PART OF THAT PLAN!

Jim
8 years ago
Reply to  iris

Thank you. I thought I was the only one who recognized that the dumbing down of America was nearly complete. I would also emphasize teaching morals to our youngsters, which is something else the educational system is no longer allowed to do.I have always cringed at the old saw, ”Those who can, do. Those who cannot, teach.” I turn it around. ”Those who can teach, do. Those who cannot teach, seek some other less demanding job.”

Carl Hanks
8 years ago
Reply to  Martha L

I am 67 & have been in the oil industry since age 21. There are plenty of jobs out there if a person will just look. Most companies I deal with are looking for people. It may require that you travel but a person can work their way back up with a start-up company.

Terry Cox
8 years ago

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 of the unsung victims. She is well enough to be able to work into her 70’s so she has plenty of time to give to a company; but, they still hire the younger people. I know that they need it too but as you mentioned, we can’t live on her and my social security payments.

Thanks for the timely article. We are members of AMAC and you may not be able to get anything done as far as government but hopefully you can provide more health benefits. That’s what is the killer. At least I have the VA to provide all my health needs.

Jim Duffy
8 years ago

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.

Linda
8 years ago
Reply to  Jim Duffy

Hi Jim,

If this administration cared enough to work for the people, we might be heard. As they remove one regulation, they are adding 20 more that are even more imposing, like “Obama Care” for instance. Americans need government to back off our business, schools, health insurance, etc.

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