Older workers, precarious jobs, and unemployment: Challenges and policy recommendations

Carl E. Van Horn, Maria Heidkamp

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In one of the best labor markets in decades, millions of older Americans work in precarious or part-time jobs with low wages and no benefits, or cannot find employment. Many older workers have limited savings or pensions and must work to supplement Social Security payments. Findings from a Rutgers University-Heldrich Center for Workforce Development survey of voluntary and involuntary part-time older workers and a survey of older, long-term unemployed individuals in the Center's New Start Career Network program reveal policies that would help older workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-28
Number of pages8
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


  • Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
  • Long-term joblessness
  • Older workers
  • Precarious jobs


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