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Older workers keeping young adults out of jobs
Reuters ^ | 4/7/10 | Lucia Mutikani

Posted on 04/07/2010 10:18:45 AM PDT by Kartographer

Young adults in the United States are being squeezed out of the labor force as older workers either delay retirement or seek jobs to rebuild nest eggs destroyed by the recession, a study showed on Wednesday.

The size of the labor force fell 6.3 percent for young workers, but increased 8.5 percent for workers 55 years and older between December 2007 and January 2010, according to the study by the Washington-based Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: babyboom; babyboomers; boomers; boomerskids; discrimination; generationx; generationy; genx; geny; its4dachilrun; neednotapply; obamanomics
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Sounds like between this and Obamacare we need a new National Retirement Plan (AKA Logan's Run)
1 posted on 04/07/2010 10:18:45 AM PDT by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer

Thinking the same thing — time to kill the elderly. It’s for the children!


2 posted on 04/07/2010 10:19:25 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (We're all heading for red revolution -- we just disagree on what the red really means.)
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To: Kartographer

It’s the immigrants, dummy.


3 posted on 04/07/2010 10:19:44 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Kartographer

They might as well just turn us all in to Soylent Green!


4 posted on 04/07/2010 10:20:05 AM PDT by Wisconsinlady (.)
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To: Kartographer

Sounds like youngsters are squeezing the older workers out of the market as well!


5 posted on 04/07/2010 10:20:15 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Kartographer

Nonsense. When women decided to work outside the house the economy was dynamic enough to absorb a near doubling of the work force. The problem isn’t old workers working, the problem is the economy has stalled - I blame the Federal Government and its relentless war on wealth.


7 posted on 04/07/2010 10:21:02 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Kartographer

Thats OK, 0bamacare will soon fix that.


8 posted on 04/07/2010 10:21:29 AM PDT by Ben Mugged (Unions are the storm troopers of socialism.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

At age 47...retirement at 67 is impossible. The best thing for my wife is for me to die at work in my office.


9 posted on 04/07/2010 10:21:36 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: Kartographer

If the young adults could write English instead of l33tspeak, it would help.


10 posted on 04/07/2010 10:22:01 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: Kartographer

This is a reversal of employment for the “elderly” (and I speak for myself) in the 70’s and 80’s. I think it proves that our education system has failed. Young people no longer have worthwhile skills to make it in the real world. The old f@rts have more to offer, in spite of our higher incomes.


11 posted on 04/07/2010 10:22:18 AM PDT by DallasDeb (USAFA '06 Mom)
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To: Morgana

And guess what, they get to work on time everyday!!


12 posted on 04/07/2010 10:22:49 AM PDT by maeng ( l)
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To: Kartographer
Although the economy has started growing again and the labor market is on a recovery path, the pace is probably too slow for any meaningful change in the young workers' fortunes.

Reuters should be tarred and feathered for misrepresentation. The truth is that it is the policies of the current administration that are keeping many Americans, including the young, from getting employment.

If anyone thinks the labor market is on a recovery, they had better not hold their breath. We have been stuck at 9.7% or higher for several months.

13 posted on 04/07/2010 10:23:12 AM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: Kartographer
Sounds to me like the MSM's trying to gin up a little game of lets-you-and-him fight.

If we had some flipping job growth, they couldn't try to exploit this.

14 posted on 04/07/2010 10:23:42 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29)
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To: Kartographer

Now there’s an interesting excuse for why young adults can’t get a job. It totally deflects attention away from the fact that the minimum wage is too high, keeping young people out of entry-level positions. The unemployment numbers for people ages 18-25 are astronomical.

It ain’t “old people” keeping young ones out of jobs. It’s the fact that they cost too much— by law — to hire.


15 posted on 04/07/2010 10:25:59 AM PDT by EricT. (Can we start hanging them yet?)
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To: Kartographer

Yup. Time for carousel.

16 posted on 04/07/2010 10:26:11 AM PDT by T Minus Four ("You do not have a soul, you ARE a soul. You have a body." C.S. Lewis)
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To: nina0113

Hell, I’d take 1337 speak over that sms messaging crap they do.


17 posted on 04/07/2010 10:26:46 AM PDT by Michael Barnes (Call me when the bullets start flying.)
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To: Kartographer
Young adults in the United States are being squeezed out of the labor force

Of course, under socialism the employment pie is static. Theres a finite number of jobs out there and its up to government to parcel it out..

I say, the people that voted for this hippie punk ought to be the ones without jobs, JMO

18 posted on 04/07/2010 10:27:21 AM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: Kartographer

Same reaction here. Obama told the media to blame the old folks—not him.

The truth is that people’s savings and retirement funds are drying up, and their earned income on any savings is way down. So they need to go back into the market and do any kind of work they can in order to buy food and pay the bills. Of course that’s making it harder for the younger folks.

No fear, Obama’s Death Panels will soon step in and mop up all those bothersome old folks.


19 posted on 04/07/2010 10:27:22 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Kartographer

Well, duh.

The older ones are more reliable and more grateful to have a job.

Youths are generally less dependable and resent some of the boss/employee dynamics.

Conversely, youths can be paid less and are likely to be healthier than older employees. So, if you’re the employer, which would you rather hire?

To be honest, it saddens me every time I see a person with gray hair waiting tables or working at 7-11 and I want to say to them “Dude, what happened to you?”.

I understand everyone has their own story and some are just doing the best they can but it’s disheartening to see 50-year-olds working jobs that all my life I’ve seen done by 20-year-olds. It tells me the older employee has either been a loser most of their lives or they’ve been through some catastrophe and this is the steps they need to take to put their lives back in order.


20 posted on 04/07/2010 10:27:30 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: DManA

Right. Target the older workers and ignore the fact that Obama has so screwed up the country and scared the private sector that there just aren’t enough jobs.


21 posted on 04/07/2010 10:27:43 AM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: EricT.

And then there’s the illegal alien problem. Get them out of here, and more jobs will be available.


22 posted on 04/07/2010 10:27:46 AM PDT by cookiedough
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To: mewzilla

In 1994 I got my mother a job at city hall working one day a week to get a property tax discount. When the program ended one year later they wanted her full time. She now works two day a week. She will be 77 in June. Dad works at the municipal parking lot three days a week. He’ll be 80 in December.


23 posted on 04/07/2010 10:29:03 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Kartographer
Sounds like young people need to 1) get a work ethic, 2) come to the shocking realization that the world doesn't revolve around them, 3) learn how to dress, speak, write and behave like an adult, and just for good measure 4) think twice about getting the fingertips-to-jawbone tattoos.

Older folks know all this already, and if I were in the market to hire people, I'd sure hire a senior over some GenX or Generation.com slacker.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

24 posted on 04/07/2010 10:29:14 AM PDT by wku man (Who says conservatives don't rock? Go to www.myspace.com/rockfromtheright)
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To: T Minus Four

You got that right.


25 posted on 04/07/2010 10:29:17 AM PDT by spectre ( Spectre's wife)
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To: mewzilla

In 1994 I got my mother a job at city hall working one day a week to get a property tax discount. When the program ended one year later they wanted her full time. She now works two day a week. She will be 77 in June. Dad works at the municipal parking lot three days a week. He’ll be 80 in December.


26 posted on 04/07/2010 10:29:22 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Kartographer
"Old age & treachery will whip youth, skill & cunning every time!"

---My dear old daddy.... Lord, rest his soul!

27 posted on 04/07/2010 10:29:56 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Ouderkirk

“At age 47...retirement at 67 is impossible.”

It’s not looking so great for me at the age of 42 either.


28 posted on 04/07/2010 10:30:27 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Progressives are everything they accuse their opponents of being.)
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To: EricT.

Absolutely, the minimum wage is a job killer. The government creates ceilings on profit and floors on expenses... how is this going to work out in the long run?


29 posted on 04/07/2010 10:31:04 AM PDT by Cheap_Hessian (I am the Grim FReeper.)
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To: Kartographer
A growing cadre of working oldsters are now needed to fund unemployment payments for youngsters.
See how well the recovery is going.

30 posted on 04/07/2010 10:31:18 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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"Older workers keeping young adults out of jobs

Wah, wah, wah..., all this whining is getting old. Did anyone stop and think that us "oldsters" were once young too, and we hand to wait our turn behind the older, more experienced workers too. We paid our dues.

Most employers had rather have older workers; they are more expereinced, dependable, emotionally mature, and have a much better attendence record than many of the youngsters.

There are those who are also whining about having to pay social security and medicare taxes now...well, so did we, but we paid them now for over 40 years, and like any annunity or insurance policy, it's time to reap the dividends.

The sad part is, most of the young adults who are doing all the bitching are the ones voting for these crooks in congress who are spending social security money as fast as they can collect it.

But, they are probably coming for us, as like most adolescents they think they don't need the old timers...but there are many cases where junior winds up moving back home to live in the basement while the old man pays his rent and groceries...but what if, the old man, was no longer, there?

Bitch now kiddies, but you'll miss us when we're gone...you can get our jobs, you just can't do the work.
31 posted on 04/07/2010 10:31:51 AM PDT by FrankR (Those of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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To: Kartographer

Older workers make better employees...I’d list the reasons but I don’t want to fry the FR servers...


32 posted on 04/07/2010 10:31:56 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Kartographer

Time for the young to smarten up so they are competative in the job market!


33 posted on 04/07/2010 10:32:58 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: Michael Barnes

I’m lumping it all in together. They just can’t write English, but that’s OKAY, because it means I’ll always have a job.


34 posted on 04/07/2010 10:33:03 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: Kartographer

Businesses want older workers for their maturity experience and work ethic. Things that younger workers have not learned neither from work experience nor up-bringing


35 posted on 04/07/2010 10:33:33 AM PDT by clamper1797 (Would you hold my hand ... If I saw you in heaven ... to my angel in heaven)
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To: Kartographer
Most of the businesses in the U.S. are there for(dare I say it)making money.....therefore, they want their employees to at least show up and know something.

You know something is up when Scrabble has to be "dumbed down" in order to survive......yeah, I heard it on TV this morning...Scrabble is too hard for most people, so it has to be "revised"....it is actually kind of shameful.....

36 posted on 04/07/2010 10:34:36 AM PDT by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance...)
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To: OrangeHoof

I understand your sympathy but some of those older folks may have retired, taking a pension, and just supplementing their income.

Some also may find retirement boring and decide to work part time just to have something to do.


37 posted on 04/07/2010 10:35:16 AM PDT by Persevero (Ask yourself: "What does the Left want me to do?" Then go do the opposite.)
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To: DallasDeb

Bingo. We’re not squeezing them out, we’re outperforming them. And the economy and current administration policies aren’t helping matters any.


38 posted on 04/07/2010 10:36:09 AM PDT by knittnmom ("...only dead fish 'go with the flow'". - Sarah Palin 7/09)
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To: Kartographer

really! Should we all kill ourselves to make your life easier, weasel?
My husband would LOVE to retire to a part time job, but we have to put that off since we lost alot of our savings.


39 posted on 04/07/2010 10:36:19 AM PDT by ronniesgal ( I miss George Bush. Hell, I miss Bill Clinton!!)
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To: Kartographer

I wanted a part time job in 2007. Put in more than 100 applications, went to 20 interviews and finally got a job nobody else would not do..As soon as they saw my age it was a deal breaker. That company closed in Jan 2009 and no jobs for old or young since....


40 posted on 04/07/2010 10:37:20 AM PDT by montanajoe
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To: Kartographer

41 posted on 04/07/2010 10:37:32 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Kartographer

Obama says all old folks die now...or I will make your kids hate you.


42 posted on 04/07/2010 10:38:51 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Kartographer
"I axed my Moms for sum cash and she tolds me to gets a job! but I can'ts finds one!"


43 posted on 04/07/2010 10:38:57 AM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: Kartographer

Its the 30 Million illegal aliens who are squeezing all ages Americans out of jobs...


44 posted on 04/07/2010 10:39:50 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Kartographer; wagglebee

The liberals have been trying to solve this problem by implementing euthanasia programs, but the conservatives keep obstructing progress.


45 posted on 04/07/2010 10:41:02 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Ouderkirk

Backs broke bending digging holes to plant the seeds
The owners ate the cane and the workers ate the weeds
Put the wood in the stove, the water in the cup
You worked so hard that you died standing up


46 posted on 04/07/2010 10:41:03 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("There is no distinctly Native American criminal class...save Congress." - Mark Twain)
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To: Kartographer

Oh, Jeez - you can seewhat’s coming next.

“Complete Lives” anyone? Just ask Rahm’s bro.


47 posted on 04/07/2010 10:41:25 AM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: Persevero

Understood and I’ve met some people like that. I’m vested with two different companies but there’s no way their retirement benefits will add up for me to retire so I may be one of them someday.

But there are people like my older brother who is socially inept and just bounces from one poor-paying job to the next.

And then there are druggies who just can’t hold a job because their brains aren’t functioning well enough to stay employed.

And, of course, there are mothers returning to the job market after 20-25 years of raising children. Everyone has their story.

I lament that back in the 60s and 70s when I was growing up, I rarely saw old people in jobs that folks in their 20s largely do and, today, they’re everywhere.


48 posted on 04/07/2010 10:43:21 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: Kartographer; All

per Romer of Colorado -—it is our duty to die


49 posted on 04/07/2010 10:46:36 AM PDT by the long march
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To: T Minus Four
That's a real purdy red pill, but I heard the blue pill is half the price of the red pill.
50 posted on 04/07/2010 10:48:24 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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