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AARP Foundation & Urban Institute Report Reveals Key Skills and Potential Jobs for Low-Income Older Workers

Americans are living longer and working longer, and workers age 55 and older are the only age group to experience strong growth in labor force participation rates in the past two decades (Kalil et al. 2010). Therefore, employers filling jobs in the future may have to turn to older workers more often to meet their hiring needs. At the same time, low-income older workers’ skills may be less relevant as they age, and many of them may be stuck in low-skill jobs (Mikelson and Butrica, forthcoming). Therefore, both employers and older workers will benefit if more older workers develop the skills they need to work in the jobs that employers will need to fill in the future. Obtaining and retaining good jobs, however, can be difficult for many older workers because as the nature of jobs has changed, the education, training, and experience required for those jobs has also changed.

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Occupational Projections for Low-Income Older Workers

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