- Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Commenting on the labour market statistics for the period May to July 2012, released today (Wednesday 12 September 2012) by the Office for National Statistics, Chris Ball, Chief Executive of TAEN – The Age and Employment Network, says:
“These figures represent a mixed picture for older people. More older people are in work but, paradoxically, there is a worsening picture for older job seekers.
“We can see this in the number of people aged 50 and over who have been unemployed for more than a year, which has increased by 3,000 over this period. Nearly half of unemployed men in this age group have been workless for more than a year.
“Yet the good news is that overall unemployment for people aged 50 and over fell by 8,000 while the period also saw the number of people aged over 65 in work hit the highest levels since comparable records began in 1992.
“A note of caution however on this front; while the number of people aged between 50 and 64 in work also increased - by 33,000, this is a smaller increase than in previous months. And though women in particular benefited – there were 25,000 more in work at the end of the period – employment growth for 50+ men can at best be described as sluggish.
“Hence, while we welcome the increase in people aged 50 and over in employment, it is important to point out that long-term unemployment is disproportionately affecting older people. The Government should realise that unless targeted support for older job seekers is made available urgently, older job seekers will face worsening difficulties and the talent pools they represent will remain untapped and under-used.”
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