The job search of the older unemployed (2012)

Perspectives on Labour and Income, Vol. 24, No. 3 - August 22, 2012

Relying mainly upon data from the Employment Insurance Coverage Survey from 2006 to 2010, this Statistics Canada study looks at how unemployed adults age 55 to 64 search for a job, compared with their younger counterparts.

The analysis show that the older unemployed adults spent an average of 13 hours per week looking for work, similar to the amount of time spent by those age 20 to 34. However, there are differences in job-search methods between the younger and older unemployed, with older job seekers less inclined to contact an employer directly and to use the Internet, and more likely to search primarily through job ads.

The older unemployed are not significantly less likely to look for work outside their community. The probability of the unemployed age 55 to 64 looking for work outside their community was 39 percent, compared with 43 percent for those 20 to 34.

Eighty-one percent of the older adults were likely to say they would accept a job offer at a lower wage than in their previous job, compared with 69 percent among younger job seekers.

Most of the older unemployed were pessimistic about their chances of finding an acceptable job within the next three months, with about 58 percent describing their chances as not very good. That is nearly twice the proportion of younger unemployed adults who felt that way.

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