Is Age Discrimination the Root Cause ...

Is Age Discrimination the Root Cause of Long-Term Unemployment?

There are 82 comments on the The Motley Fool story from May 18, 2014, titled Is Age Discrimination the Root Cause of Long-Term Unemployment?. In it, The Motley Fool reports that:

The Great Recession was painful to all workers, with the youngest suffering extremely high rates of unemployment , and the oldest groups of working Americans suffering from a long-term unemployment trend that seems to be becoming permanent for many.

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sld

Waterloo, IA

#1 May 18, 2014
of course . also how about just read the artical about how they are going to let 100,000 imigrants get our jobs
Peter Hamilton

Brownsville, TX

#2 May 18, 2014
Is this a serious article? Maybe, just maybe, the problem with long term unemployment is.......NO JOBS. The blame therefore rests with the guys using their "laser like focus" on employment- Obama and Crazy uncle Joe. I guess they used up all those millions of shovel ready jobs from 2009. LMFAO
Over 40 and Looking

Santa Ana, CA

#3 May 18, 2014
I wish there was an agency and/or compliance mechanism in place to enforce age discrimination for every job out there. The system would track all jobs, all people that apply and interview for the job, and to match a person's background against the job requirements.
Lawrence Goldstein

Pompano Beach, FL

#4 May 18, 2014
That's why we are the United Corporations of America. Corporations are "people" too.
King Kong

Orlando, FL

#5 May 18, 2014
Age discremination isn't the root cause...it's the government that caused this deliberately to destroy the middle class and take over. Free trade and open borders will destroy a country and they know this and continue to do it. Give the non citizens free food, free healthcare, free schooling and college, free obamaphones, free or very low cost internet, very low cost cable/fios and hocus pocus - no jobs.
Jane

San Diego, CA

#6 May 18, 2014
Absolutely ! Getting older means more experience and expertise ! Getting older doesn't mead dead ! Getting older doesn't mean cannot function physically as well as mentally and brain ! Getting older doesn't mean sick time !
Waz

Winnetka, CA

#7 May 18, 2014
When you are over 50 yrs no one just no one will give you a job I been looking for job for last 3 yrs and I just found a part time job thru a temp, agency. Obama should take care of the american unemployment first.
Dave

Thailand

#8 May 18, 2014
Damn right age discrimination exists. I died 4 years ago when I lost my job at 50. Now I am forced to do contract work because no one is interested in hiring older, experienced workers. I survive day to day.
Peter Kullavanijaya

Bangkok, Thailand

#9 May 18, 2014
Yes and No.
First, I say, "It's the economy, Stupid"
Despite what Washington has to say, Q1 2014 the US economy actually contracted, and "there was negative growth". There are no job creation saved part-time and low-paying-jobs. A grown man or woman need to hold 2 or 3 of those jobs to make ends meet, and yet is is not equivalent to 1 good FT job. Most Americans are now employed as "Temporary Personnel" from agencies making any where from 40% to 60% less than the same FT job, and WITHOUT benefits.

Secondly, of course, Age Discrimination for people 45 and over. This is especially true for people over 50. MBA and other graduate degrees and experience not withstanding. I am one of those people, and very angry.

"I am mad as hell, and not gonna take it any more"
charles Dennis

Novato, CA

#10 May 18, 2014
Is the pope catholic?
Pat

Chicago, IL

#11 May 18, 2014
These companies say they can't get enough good workers, yet reject older workers. Several years ago, I got an interview and when the interviewer walked into the room, she almost did a double take. It was not an act of recognition.

Since I was dressed appropriately and I'd never remembered meeting her before, I could only assume her reaction was because she was taken aback because I'm over 50!

I've given up pretty much on finding employment, and I've decided to work a business from home since I'm sick and tired of all the manure in the corporate workplace.
oliviaannie

Phoenix, AZ

#12 May 18, 2014
King Kong. You're 100% correct. Just be aware that the commenting police usually don't like the truth and they'll take your first amendment rights down in a heartbeat.
John peters

Mission Viejo, CA

#13 May 18, 2014
I say we do what Hilter did, and take all the Arabs and India's and put them in concentration camps until they decide not to come to this fucken country anymore. I say we triple tax companies for using the India and the FIlipina. They get paid 10 cents an hour to steal jobs from americans. DO people realize that god made their skin color match the same color as shit for a reason, because that is what they are shit
John peters

Mission Viejo, CA

#14 May 18, 2014
john Boehner is a f*cken bastard who cut off unemployment benefits. When did this piece of shit ever have to work? He didn't. Then you got John Campbell who should go f*ck his mother and burn in hell
JPDelgadillo

Baldwin Park, CA

#15 May 18, 2014
charles Dennis wrote:
Is the pope catholic?
Is the POPE Catholic.....really? What does that have to do with anything.
I wonder if Charles Dennis is employed..........What you like fries with your burger!
JPDelgadillo

Baldwin Park, CA

#16 May 18, 2014
John peters wrote:
I say we do what Hilter did, and take all the Arabs and India's and put them in concentration camps until they decide not to come to this fucken country anymore. I say we triple tax companies for using the India and the FIlipina. They get paid 10 cents an hour to steal jobs from americans. DO people realize that god made their skin color match the same color as shit for a reason, because that is what they are shit
You have major issues..........If I was you , I would learn how to first spell, second learn correct grammar, third Ask God for forgiveness for being a Racist. Donald Sterling would be proud of you.
John in Arizona

Tucson, AZ

#17 May 18, 2014
I am 59. I lost my job in mid-2011 and was able to get interviews, but in my field (behavioral health) most of the workers are young. Even though I have a M.A. and more than 10 years' experience in behavioral health (and retired in 1999 as a high school teacher), the 20- and 30-somethings never offered me a job. I ended up doing crappy on-call work dealing with developmentally disabled clients living in group homes.

I took a year off to get "retrained" through the now-defunct Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, which paid me $1,500 a month to go to a community college to get "retrained" as a substance abuse counselor. Of course, there are no jobs available.

I'm now working for $10 an hour, putting in 25-hour work weeks, and barely surviving. The only thing that saved me was an inheritance in 2012 when my mother died from Alzheimer's and left me $100,000.

I'm in good health, I don't look my age, but my experience and Vietnam-era veterans status clearly marks my age. Have I not been able to get a good job because I'm incompetent? No, I have not been able to get a good job because I'm OLD! Age discrimination is alive and well in the 21st century -- just as racism is alive and well, also.

C'mon, racism, you say? Of course! You don't think Republicans hate Obama because he's a Democrat, or incompetent do you? They hate him because he's African-American, and they have blocked every move he's made to make things better -- all to ensure another black won't be elected president for decades.
steve balboni

Mission Viejo, CA

#18 May 18, 2014
we shall over come
Archibald

Bolingbrook, IL

#19 May 18, 2014
American culture has always favored youth, probably because it represents the idea of possibilities, of what one could become rather than what one is or has been in the past...just like the country as a whole. Experience, maturity and wisdom are not valued or respected as they are in other countries. The media celebrates even the most minor accomplishments of those under 40 and marginalizes anyone over 50, so it's no surprise that this attitude is reflected in the business world. If the government had any vision, they would create a multi-faceted program focused on middle-aged workers between 40-70, if for no other reason then to reduce the impending economic burden of either the government or the next generation having to support them. So ageism is not the root cause, but it might be the canary in the coal mine.
Jim

Fort Smith, AR

#20 May 18, 2014
Over 40 and Looking wrote:
I wish there was an agency and/or compliance mechanism in place to enforce age discrimination for every job out there. The system would track all jobs, all people that apply and interview for the job, and to match a person's background against the job requirements.
I applied on line for a job with Family Dollar when I came upon a question if I was over 40 I stopped also quit shopping there

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