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AARP Calls on Congress to Include the Needs of Older Americans in Any Relief Measures

February 5, 2010

AARP Media Relations,

AARP Calls on Congress to Include the Needs of Older Americans in Any Relief Measures

January 2010 BLS report paints bleak picture for older workers

WASHINGTON—AARP Executive Vice President Nancy A. LeaMond released the following statement in reaction to the Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment report for January 2010:

“This most recent snapshot of unemployment in America shows that older workers are facing disturbing declines in three areas since the start of the recession—dwindling job opportunities, longer duration of unemployment, and diminished financial security. Older workers continue to suffer catastrophic job losses, and once unemployed, they tend to remain out of work longer. With the worst unemployment rates in over 60 years, older Americans are also faced with skyrocketing health care costs and shrinking retirement accounts that threaten their health and financial well-being.

“As Congress turns its attention to addressing the nation’s high unemployment rate, AARP encourages our elected leaders to include the needs of older Americans in any jobs relief measures, including extension of unemployment and health insurance benefits. We also are committed to work with Congress and the Administration to provide $250 in economic relief to millions of Americans who rely on Social Security to pay their bills, but have faced frozen benefits this year.

“AARP will continue to highlight the important contributions of older workers in this economy, and assist those who are struggling to get back on the job.”

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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with over 35.5 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP’s nearly 40 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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