There was an article published on April 1 in U.S. News & World Report entitled Why the Middle-Aged Are Missing Out on New Jobs. (I don’t believe it was an April Fool’s joke.) The author, Rick Newman, talks about the hiring statistics of various age groups. His statistics show that the over-55 age group is doing well in getting jobs (though the experience of many friends does not support that) and the under-35 crowd is doing very well. The age group of 35-44 is experience some growth but not very strong.
The one group that is losing job, however, is the 45-54 age group. He surmises that there may be several reasons. This is the age group that had higher salaries, was largely male, was largely middle management or was largely factory or construction workers, or some combination thereof. Many of these workers are now discouraged, having been unemployed for awhile, and are now facing the reality that they may not see any return to their prior “normal” for a long time. Many have dropped out of looking for work entirely. The questions I asked myself is “How real is this? Are employers avoiding that age group? And if so, why?”
So here are my questions for anyone who is hiring, be it recruiters for larger companies or small business owners:
- How much does someone’s prior salary play into your decisions on hiring when someone has been unemployed for a longer period of time? Why?
- If you are hiring older workers in the 55+ age group, why?
- Do you avoid hiring people who have been unemployed for over 9 months? Why?
- Honestly, how much does someone’s age come into play when you are making hiring decsisions? And why?
I would like honest answers. You can comment anonymously if you would give more honest answers that way. I really want to know the reasons for the statistics that Newman found.