Statistics show more and more elderly people are postponing retirement or re-entering the workforce

Reasons: Tough economy, need for socialization

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A growing trend shows more and more seniors are choosing to postpone retirement or are re-entering the workforce after retirement.

Lito Morillo of Aging and Adult Services says most working seniors are between 60 and 80 years old.

"Those that are still working between 60-70 are really working because they need to make ends meet. They still haven't saved up for retirement or the recent downturn in economy has made them stay in the labor force. Those that are 75-85 still want to stay active and that's their social activity," said Morillo.   

The Career Services Center says last year 79 seniors age 65 and older used them to look for jobs.

One month into this year, 42 seniors have already come in.

The National Council On Aging predicts by 2019, 40 percent of Americans age 55 and over will make up more than a quarter of the U.S. labor force.

Employers say for good reason.

"The thing I like best about seniors in the workforce is that they are reliable and dependable. They seem to have a better work ethic than the younger generation has. They're extremely punctual on time, use very minimal sick time, they come to work do their job and they get it done in the hours they're supposed to be there," said employer Luanne Jones.

The National agency called SER-Jobs for Progress is currently accepting applications to provide paid work experience for people over the age of 55.

 SER-Jobs uses county, state and private business for work sites in a variety of job positions.

The applicant is matched with a work site that best meets their needs.

Those interested should call Connie Zimmer at 869-2363.


 

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