The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says one in five of all United States workers will be 55 years old or older by 2016. Some Hoosiers in that age group are seeing a fight for jobs, and many are headed back to training in order to compete in the job market.
Scott Hunter has been out of a job for almost a year now. After sending out hundreds of resumes and going on a dozen interviews, the 54 year old says he is now going to explore new fields, and if necessary, will get re-trained for a new career.
"I was confident,” said Hunter. “I've never had a problem getting a job in the past, but this last year has been an eye opener and a real experience for me.”
Joe Frank from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development says Hoosiers between 45 to 64 years old is the largest age group working in Indiana and it has the lowest unemployment rate of any age group working in the state.
"We have career counselors that will work with you find out what skill sets you need to make you relevant in today's job market so you can readily go into your next job,” said Frank.
For information on how to improve your job qualifications, explore a different profession, find a new career or hire an employee, visit the WorkOne website.
Older Hoosiers work to compete in competitive job market
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