Jobs Report Highlights Missing Senior Workers : Planet Money : The Indicator from Planet Money Sure, some seniors took the pandemic as an opportunity to ride an RV into the sunset, but there's a darker story unfolding in today's jobs report. Today's show looks at the challenges many older worker can face as they try to reenter the workforce.

Jobs Friday: Where are all the older workers?

Jobs Friday: Where are all the older workers?

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Friday's jobs report showed lackluster improvement in overall hiring in the U.S., adding a modest 194,000 jobs. At the same time there's a labor mystery afoot: where have all the silver haired workers gone? Despite a lot of open jobs, there are close to a million and a half unemployed seniors looking for work.

Labor Economist Teresa Ghilarducci says older workers are more likely to experience long-term unemployment. They also face a host of obstacles, including ageism and finding few alternatives to low paying, low skilled jobs that can be hard to leave without additional training. We meet one 70-year-old woman from the Bronx hoping to get a call back.

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