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Older Worker Report 2022

The AWC is leading a national movement supporting America’s older workers. We educate employers, workforce practitioners, philanthropic leaders, economic development teams, and the American public on the critical role that older workers play in the success of employers and local communities. And, for that, we need data. We are proud to release the first AWC Older Worker Report 2022.

Julia Pollak, Chief Economist at ZipRecruiter, is partnering with the AWC to analyze the current labor situation for older adults in the U.S. The report will include a special focus on older BIPOC women. Forty percent (40%) of the projected increase in the labor force over the next 30 years will consist of women age 55 and older while the share of the labor force represented by people of color will increase by 8 percentage points.

Senior woman working and standing in front of restaurantOlder adults are facing the highest obstacles to reenter the workforce with older women of color facing more obstacles than other American workers. The 2022 Older Worker Report: The Intersection of Age, Race & Gender will:

  • Examine the challenges facing older adults as they return to the workplace.
  • Highlight the unique role of digital skills in securing economic stability for older workers, especially older women and their families.
  • Specify recommendations for workforce development professionals, employers, and policymakers to implement and scale practical solutions that will empower older adults to reenter the workforce.

On September 19, 2022, the Center for Workforce Inclusion (CWI) held its inaugural Equity Summit. Hundreds of decision-makers, influences, policymakers, and practitioners gathered in Washington, DC and online to discuss equitable economic opportunities for older job seekers. Click on the links below to watch the important discussions from that day.

And don’t miss the release of the American Workforce Coalition 2022 Older Worker Report. Sign up below to be notified of its release.

Click here to view Julia’s presentation of the Older Worker Report.

Click here to view Julia’s Fireside Chat.

 The AWC is proud to present the Older Worker Report in collaboration with WorkingNation.

Julia Pollak, Chief Economist at ZipRecruiter

Julia Pollak, Chief Economist, ZipRecruiter

Julia Pollak is Chief Economist at ZipRecruiter, a leading online employment marketplace that uses AI-driven smart matching technology to connect millions of businesses and job seekers. She uses data from the ZipRecruiter marketplace to measure the health of the labor market, identify hiring trends, and help employers and job seekers prepare for the future of work. Her research is frequently cited in leading national outlets, like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and NPR. She is also a contributor to Barron’s and a member of the Forbes Human Resources Council.  

Prior to working at ZipRecruiter, Julia was an Assistant Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation and an adjunct economics instructor at Pepperdine University. 

Julia holds a B.A. in economics from Harvard and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from Pardee RAND Graduate School. She was a drilling reservist in the U.S. Navy from 2011 to 2022.  

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