WPR News
8:39 am
Wed January 11, 2006

AARP Pushes Older Workers

Cheyenne, Wy – More than half of Wyoming employers who
responded to a recent survey say they're seeing fewer qualified job
applicants for non-management positions now than they did five
years ago.
That's according to a new survey released today (Wednesday) by
the A-A-R-P.
The A-A-R-P says one of the main reasons for the workers
shortage is the aging of the baby boomer generation. The oldest of
the boomers, meaning those born between 1946 and 1964, turned 60
this month.
Wyoming A-A-R-P director Rita Inoway says many employers are
already taking steps to retain older workers, such as increasing
employee training and allowing employees to work part-time.
Governor Dave Freudenthal says employers
should be encouraged to work out accommodations for older workers.
He says the state wants businesses seeking employees to make it
clear that older workers are welcome.