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Older workers are losing income due to age discrimination

Employers in the United States are creating thousands of jobs each month. However, older Texas residents and those across the nation who are looking for a job are unable to find employment. According to research, they may be victims of age discrimination.

Based on an analysis of government data conducted by the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, the August 2016 jobless rate for workers over 55 years of age who are unemployed and no longer seeking work or who have part-time jobs, but would prefer to be working full-time, would have been 8.7 percent. The unemployment rate jumped to 12 percent when older, unemployed workers who stopped their job search after four weeks are included.

Although age discrimination was made illegal by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, two-thirds of older workers believe it occurs in the workplace, based on a 2013 survey conducted by the AARP. A study conducted by Tulane University and the University of California, Irvine, discovered evidence that age discrimination occurs during the hiring process, especially for older women.

Older men also suffer age discrimination, particularly white males that have only a high school education or less, as apparent by job tenure statistics. According to SCEPA, the average job tenure for older while males with no more than a high school education dropped from 17.7 years to 16.7 years between 2012 and 2014 as the job tenures for other worker groups increased. The resulting loss of income, especially in the years right before retirement, can reduce potential Social Security benefits.

Age discrimination for workers at or over the age of 40 is prohibited by federal law. Those who feel that they have been the victim of this type of action may want to discuss their situation with an employment law attorney.

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