Examines the experiences of job seekers aged 55 and older compared to the experiences of younger, or "prime age," job seekers who lost jobs during the recession.

"In this issue brief, the authors, with the support of the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College, examined the Heldrich Center’s May 2010 national survey responses of those job seekers aged 55 and older and compared them with younger, or “prime age,” job seekers with the goal of addressing the following questions: How do the job search strategies and employment outcomes of older and younger job seekers differ? Have these strategies been effective? What effect has the recession had on older job seekers’ financial and emotional well-being and outlook compared to younger job seekers? What are the implications of the experiences of older and younger job seekers for researchers, policymakers, employers, and the public workforce system? The goal of this brief is to provide information to policy makers, researchers, and employers about the experiences of older job seekers compared to the experiences of younger, or prime age job seekers" (p.3-4). (Abstractor: Author)

Full publication title: The “New Unemployables” - Older Job Seekers Struggle to Find Work During the Great Recession: Comparing the Job Search, Financial, and Emotional Experiences of Older and Younger Unemployed Americans