State Strategies to Support the Maturing Workforce
In our global and knowledge-based economy, states and regions are largely dependent upon the skills of the workforce in order to thrive. State leaders who recognize this reality, and who are making efforts to develop the workforce, are also likely aware of dramatically changing work- force demographics. In particular, the workforce is becoming more ethnically diverse, and it is also becoming older.
Although our economy needs the experience and contributions of mature workers, people aged 55 and older face many challenges in entering or remaining in the labor force. They may need guidance in finding work that better suits their changing circumstances, help with job search strategies after being laid off, and advice on education and training needed for employment and long-term employability. They may also face additional challenges such as employer bias against hiring older workers, the rigid way in which our society tends to view work and retirement, and the fact that most publicly-funded workforce development and jobs programs have not had much experience in considering the special needs and challenges of mature workers.
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