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Hispanic Workers Ages 50+ May Help Employers Solve Potential Future Labor Shortages
Date:6/8/2009

But Many Older Hispanics - the "invisible" Boomers - Face Workplace Challenges

WASHINGTON, June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Older Hispanic workers can play a dynamic role in helping solve long-term challenges for many employers, as the traditional labor pool of workers ages 25-54 stagnates, according to a new AARP report, being released today at AARP's Diversity and Aging conference in Chicago.

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That is a key finding of the AARP study that focuses on the so-called "invisible" Boomers - Hispanics - as a growing segment of the U.S. workforce. Despite their growing importance, there has been little public and media attention given so far to older Hispanics.

"Once the recession ends, employers may face a scarcity of working age adults with the necessary skills and experience," said Deborah Russell, AARP's Director of Workforce Issues. "Hispanics are one of the fastest growing segments of the older population, and they can help in a big way in filling the void."

The AARP study was prepared by the Urban Institute, using Institute data and drawing on information from the Census Bureau, the Department of Labor and the University of Michigan as well. The Tomas Rivera Policy Institute at the University of Southern California provided recommendations for the report.

Some of the major statistical findings of the study that are relevant to Hispanics' work careers are:

  • In 2006-2008, 15 percent of Hispanics ages 50-69 reported work disabilities, compared with 24 percent of non-Hispanic blacks and 14 percent of non-Hispanic whites.
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