Job market recovery varies by age group

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The job market is on the rebound from the 2007 recession, but various age groups are recovering in different ways.

A report by CaereerBuilder shows faster job growth for baby boomers.

Since 2007, job growth for people ages 55-64 was at 9%. Growth was only 3% for the Millennials. People ages 22-34.

One possible explanation for this is an aging population. The baby-boomer population has grown 20% since 2007.

“I decided to change careers and because of that, I started somewhat from scratch in that industry of study abroad. It took me three years,” said Eva Mossberg of Northampton.

Younger people like Kailee Sanchez told 22News getting a job proved difficult.

“It took me about 8 months to find the positions that I have now but I was applying for about three or four jobs per day. Most of the time I wasn’t hearing anything back. Not even an email response to me resume,” said Sanchez.

The Franklin / Hampshire Career Center told 22News they’ve been seeing growth since the recession of 2007, but that it’s still a difficult job market.

Operations Manager Edie Smith told 22News they’ve served nearly 6,000 customers since April, many of them are older workers.

“Employers want people who can get the job done. So by virtue of the experience that the older worker has. Not necessarily by a degree, but training that they’ve accumulated, certifications,” said Smith.

But Smith says older workers can also have a harder time finding a job because employers can make the mistake of thinking they are not willing to learn or are not computer savvy.

The Franklin / Hampshire Career Center offers workshops that can help you land a job.

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