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The Public Workforce System: Serving Older Job Seekers and the Disability Implications of an Aging Workforce

May 2012 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center

Maria Heidkamp, William Mabe, Ph.D. and Barbara DeGraaf

May 2012

While the U.S. labor force is aging demographically, many workers reaching traditional retirement age continue to work because they cannot retire and must keep working to make ends meet. American policymakers and employers are challenged with how to enable an aging workforce to keep working despite the labor market, economic and aging challenges faced by older workers. This report examines challenges faces by older works, how the U.S. public workforce system serves older workers and includes policy, program and research recommendation designed to improve the effectiveness of the U.S. public workforce system in serving older workers, many of whom may have or be gaining into a disability. The NTAR Leadership Center (National Technical Assistance and Research Center to Promote Leadership for Increasing the Employment and Economic Independence of Adults with Disabilities) was a training and technical assistance center funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

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The Public Workforce System:  Serving Older Job Seekers and the Disability Implications of an Aging Workforce