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The Employment Situation: April 2013

Neither Much Better Nor Much Worse for Older Workers

This AARP Public Policy Institute fact sheet looks at the April 2013 employment situation for the workforce aged 55 and older, which changed relatively little between March 2013 and April 2013.

The unemployment rate for those 55-plus remained flat at 5.5 percent. Just over 1.8 million older Americans were unemployed in April, essentially unchanged from March but 191,000 fewer than a year earlier. Average duration of unemployment rose but also remained lower than in April 2012. The number of discouraged workers increased in April, but that figure, too, was lower than in had been a year earlier.

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