Why Are Older Workers at Greater Risk of Displacement?

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The brief’s key findings are:

  • Older workers are now as vulnerable to layoffs as younger workers, because: their job tenure has declined, eroding the traditional protection afforded by seniority; and the risk of layoffs in manufacturing has risen, particularly for older workers.
  • The heightened vulnerability of older workers is a serious concern, because unemployed older workers have a hard time finding a new job.