Back to Work: Helping the Long-Term Unemployed


Recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as of August, 8.4 million Americans are classified as unemployed, with more than half of jobseekers ages 55 and older remaining unemployed for more than 27 weeks.

In their efforts to reenter the workforce following the fallout from COVID-19, the long-term unemployed and older workers may find themselves up against an evolving job market, new technology, and even age discrimination. Moreover, older workers from minority communities face disadvantages as racial disparities in re-employment persist.  

Job training funds proposed in the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill are an opportunity to support workforce development across generations. How would funds be best put to use to help older workers and the long-term unemployed? What kind of support, training, and reskilling efforts are needed for a successful return to the workforce?

This October, The Hill will convene policymakers and workforce experts for a discussion on getting long-term unemployed and older Americans back to work as the economy recovers.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
2:00PM ET/11:00AM PT



  • Raphael Bostic, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Amanda Cage, CEO, National Fund for Workforce Solutions
  • Susan Houseman, Vice President and Director of Research, Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
  • Richard Johnson, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI), Co-Chair, Future of Work Caucus
  • Sec. Martin Walsh, Department of Labor

Sponsor Perspective: 

  • Teresa Ghilarducci, Bernard L. and Irene Schwartz Professor of Economics, The New School for Social Research
  • Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer, AARP
  • Jane Oates, President, WorkingNation


  • Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Hill


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AARP is committed to supporting older workers and advocating on their behalf. As the economy recovers from the pandemic, older workers must not be left behind. Almost half of job seekers age 55+ have been out of work for six months or more, putting their financial security at risk. Older workers bring tremendous value to the workplace. Policymakers, employers and other stakeholders must do more to help them re-enter the workforce by, for example, addressing age discrimination and offering training opportunities to workers of all ages. Learn more about how AARP supports older workers and a multigenerational workforce.