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Federal program helps senior citizens find jobs

Feb 5, 2015

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As the years roll on and you move through middle age into senior citizen status, it can feel as though the world is racing past you, leaving you in its dust. Especially when it comes to finding a job.

Yet more and more people aged 55 and up are in the job hunt. The government tells us in 1992, workers 55 and older made up just under 12% of the work force. By 2022, it could be more than 25%.

A federal program called Experience Works is designed to help the 55 and older worker with the demands of the modern workforce.

Lynn Fairchild turned to Experience Works after ending a 45 -year career as a stockbroker. Fairchild says she tried to retire, but found it was too expensive when insurance costs alone ate up almost all her social security checks.

For Fairchild, Experience Works provided supplemental income while she looked for work. The program also allowed her to take online career courses that have given her the chance to earn new certifications.