Washington’s WorkSource system is offering a series of employment events geared toward older workers this week in recognition of National Employ Older Workers Week. This includes events in Aberdeen, Hoquiam, and Elma.
“Job hunting is a skill and many older workers aren’t up to speed on the latest job-search techniques,” said Dale Peinecke, commissioner for the Employment Security Department.
Data for Washington show workers age 55 and older represent a growing percentage of the unemployed.
In 2006, workers aged 55 and older made up 11.3% of all unemployed workers in Washington. In 2011, it grew to 15.3% and climbed further to 17.4% in 2012.
Among unemployed Washington workers who ran out of unemployment benefits from July 2008 through June 2013, 32% were aged 55 and older.
By June of this year, only 26% of the older workers who ran out of unemployment benefits had found work in Washington. The average earnings for those re-employed a year later were roughly half of their pre-layoff wages.
Wednesday, Sep. 25, 1:30 – 3:30pm
Elma Timberland Library
118 N 1st Street
Elma, WA 98541
Thursday, Sep. 26, 1:30 – 3:30pm
Hoquiam Timberland Library
420 7th Street
Hoquiam, WA 98550
Friday, Sep. 27, 9 – 11am
WorkSource Grays Harbor
511 W Heron Street
Aberdeen, WA 98520