July 19, 2022

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.

Julia Pollak, Chief Economist at ZipRecruiter, partnered with the AWC to analyze the current labor situation for older women in the U.S. Why are we focusing on older 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.

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Women are also facing the highest obstacles to reenter the workforce with older women of color facing more obstacles than any other American worker. The 2022 Older Worker Report: The Intersection of Age, Race & Gender will:

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

The AWC Older Worker Report 2022: The Intersection of Age, Race & Gender  will be released on September 19, 2022 at the Center for Workforce Inclusion Equity Summit. 

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The AWC, a program of CWILabs, is proud to present the Older Worker Report in collaboration with WorkingNation.


Julia Pollak, Chief Economist, ZipRecruiter

Julia Pollak is the Chief Economist at ZipRecruiter, a leading online employment marketplace that uses AI-driven smart matching technology to connect millions of all-sized businesses and job seekers. She provides insights and analysis on current labor market trends and the future of work. Her research has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, CNBC, Bloomberg News, Yahoo Finance! and other leading outlets. 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 a Master of Philosophy in Policy Analysis from Pardee RAND Graduate School. She is a drilling reservist in the U.S. Navy.