Occupational Projections for Low-Income Older Workers

Research Report

Occupational Projections for Low-Income Older Workers

Assessing the Skill Gap for Workers Age 50 and Older

Abstract

Executive Summary

This report examines current and projected employment for low-income workers age 50 and older. In particular, it examines low- and middle-wage occupations projected to grow most rapidly between 2014 and 2024, nationally and for every state. We find some skill deficits for low-income older workers. Given that over half of low-income older workers have no plans to retire in the next five years, the findings from this report may prove useful in determining which occupations are projected to grow and what skill deficits need to be addressed to close the gap for older workers interested in moving into those jobs.

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