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  •  People over 55 have the lowest unemployment rate (1+ / 0-)
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    Clem Yeobright

    Of any age bracket. And young people have the highest. Certainly there are cases of ageism but the idea that the 55+ set is being systematically discriminated against just isn't borne out by the real numbers. Not only do they have the lowest unemployment numbers but they also have a growing share of the labor market while fewer and fewer young people can find work and have much more non-mortgage debt. Daily Kos tends to be an older crowd and as such only has immediate experience with ageism directed at older people and tends to see it as more widespread and common than it really is and virtually ignores the systematic attack on younger people that's currently happening.

    Before anyone jumps in here and attacks me for blaming older people and fomenting generational fighting, I'm not, I'm pointing out a serious problem that gets all but ignored in conversations about age and employment.

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    by AoT on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 06:16:43 PM PDT

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    •  "The sun'll come out tomorrow" (1+ / 0-)
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      AoT

      Bet your bottom dollar on tomorrow ....

      Easy when you're 23, not so easy at 55. So you're 23 and you don't get your break for another 10 years; you still have 30 years to capitalize on it. If you're 55 and your break hides from you for 10 more years ... ouch!

      I'm agreeing with you, AoT; here at DK there's a lot of empathy for the person staring at a blank wall after some unanticipated career twists and falls and not quite so much for the younger set with no career yet to fall short in. I've personally seen one suicide by a 26-year-old with a decaying (and unused) 5-year-old degree in his pocket who couldn't see a bright side either.

      Thanks for pointing this out.

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      by Clem Yeobright on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 07:37:12 PM PDT

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