A Slower Recovery for Older Workers

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This week, two senators introduced a bipartisan plan to renew long term unemployment benefits for the more than 3 million Americans still looking for work. Congress allowed the benefit to expire last December. But even if the bill passes and insurance is reinstated, it provides only a temporary bit of relief. In the meantime, the long term effects of the recession and this sluggish recovery are hitting some Americans more than ever. One group stands out: middle aged women. As the economy took a dive, many women left the workforce to care for their aging parents – now as they try to re-enter the workforce they find their applications are going straight into the "do not call" pile.

Special thanks to Over 50 and Out of Work.

Credits

Guests:
Dionne Searcey - New York Times - @dionnesearcey, Heidi Shierholz - Economist, Economic Policy Institute - @EconomicPolicy, Sara Rix - AARP's Public Policy Institute, Stephen Sweet - Ithaca College

Host:
Barbara Bogaev