The week of September 25-29 is "National Employ Older Workers Week." Led by the U.S. Department of Labor, the week aims to increase awareness of the older employee segment of the workforce and to develop strategies to tap into the potential held by experienced workers. It also showcases the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which provides on-the-job paid training to people 55 years and older. Since its inception, SCSEP has helped more than one million Americans nationally enter the workforce, according to the Department of Labor.
The United States is undergoing a demographic shift that is changing older Americans' relation to the workplace. The average and median age of the U.S. population is rising, and the composition of the workforce with it. By 2020, it is estimated that workers 55 and over will make up 25% of the U.S. civilian labor force, up from 13% in 2000. In addition, individual workers are tending to remain in the workforce longer and retire later. The number of workers over the traditional retirement age of 65 is seeing a marked increase, and it is projected that they will make up more than 7% of the American labor force by 2020. Employers rate older workers high on characteristics such as judgment, commitment to quality, attendance, and punctuality.
Easter Seals Oregon is hosting celebrations for our SCSEP participants in Medford, Eugene, Salem, and Portland. Our theme is all about employment! Our events will include messages of encouragement from Senator Ron Wyden, Congressman DeFazio, Congressman Walden, and a letter from Governor Kate Brown.
Contact Easterseals Oregon to learn how we can help find the right employee for your organization. You can reach us: