Research Report Occupational Projections for Low-Income Older Workers
Assessing the Skill Gap for Workers Age 50 and Older
Kelly S. Mikelson, Daniel Kuehn, Ananda Martin-Caughey
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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.
Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Education Wealth and financial well-being Aging and retirement Families
Tags Economic well-being Family and household data Employment and income data Workers in low-wage jobs Labor force Beyond high school: education and training Inequality and mobility Retirement policy
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center