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The 50+ Workforce: An AARP Wyoming Survey of Businesses

To better understand the extent to which Wyoming employers are implementing or considering implementing approaches to recruit or keep age 50+ workers and retain organizational knowledge, AARP Wyoming and Governor Dave Freudenthal jointly commissioned this survey of employers in the state.

  • At least eight in ten of the Wyoming businesses surveyed say that retaining skilled employees (95%), providing competitive wages (81%), recruiting skilled employees (80%), and training the current workforce (79%) are extremely or very important issues to them.
  • Half of all businesses view addressing the needs of an aging workforce as an equally important workforce issue.
  • More than half (56%) say it is harder now than five years ago to find qualified applicants for non-management/non-supervisory positions, and almost half say it is harder now than in the past to find qualified applicants for supervisory positions (48%) or management positions (46%).
  • The important qualities that Wyoming businesses want in employees are very similar to the qualities older employees possess.
  • Half (50%) report having at least one of the eight workforce strategies tested in the survey currently in place to help older employees work past the traditional retirement age. However, 78 percent say they would consider implementing at least one of the strategies to help older employees continue working longer, and 70 percent would consider actually implementing up to six of the eight strategies.

This mail survey of 1,075 businesses was conducted from July through October, 2005. Further information may be obtained from the author, Jennifer Sauer, at 202-434-6207.(35 pages)

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