Office for the Aging


2019 National Employ Older Workers Week

National Employ Older Workers Week, held annually the last full week of September (9/22/19–9/28/19), recognizes the vital role of older workers in the workforce. National Employ Older Workers Week aims to increase awareness of this labor segment and develop innovative strategies to tap into it. It also showcases the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which provides on-the-job skills training to individuals 55 or older with limited financial resources and have been unable to find employment. Since its inception, SCSEP has helped more than one million older Americans enter the workforce.

Did You Know?

According to U.S. Department of Labor, the average and median age of the U.S. population is rising, and the composition of the workforce with it.

By 2020, it is estimated that workers 55 and older will make up 25% of the U.S. civilian labor force, up from 13% in 2000. In addition, individual workers are tending to remain in the workforce longer and retire later. The number of workers over the traditional retirement age of 65 is seeing a marked increase, and it is projected that these workers will make up more than 7% of the American labor force by 2020.

Employers rate older workers high on characteristics such as judgment, commitment to quality, attendance, and punctuality.

Visit the New York State Department of Labor for more statistics about older New Yorkers in the workforce.

Visit NYSOFA's employment assistance page for resources that may help you or an older loved one find a job.