Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Third of Older People in Region out of Work

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Third of Older People in Region out of Work

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OLDER people are being caught in an unemployment trap, more likely to be out of work and struggling to find another job if they are laid off or leave, according to a new study.

Almost a third of people aged 50 to 64 are not in work, many recorded as "economically inactive", which means they are not engaged in the labour market in any way, said the Centre for Ageing Better.

The charity estimated that around one million of the unemployed over 50s left work involuntarily because of issues such as ill health, caring responsibilities or redundancy.

The problem will get dramatically worse because of the rising state pension age unless urgent action is taken, it was warned.

Jemma Mouland, of the Centre for Ageing Better, said: "Too many older workers are currently being pushed out of the workforce because of poor health, caring responsibilities, or redundancy.

"Once they have lost their job, over-50s struggle much more than any other age group to get back to work, which is costly personally and financially for them, with impacts lasting well into later life. …

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