Over Fifty and Unemployed

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In study after study, we’re told that the economic recovery is real. Unemployment is dropping. Spending is up. But tell that to unemployed Americans over 55. More than half of jobless seniors, about 1.1 million people, have been unemployed for more than six months, up from 23 percent four years ago, according to a government report released last week.

But these aren’t just numbers — they’re people all over the country. David Kurtzer is 56-years-old and has been out of work for about two months after over a decade in technology marketing. He would love another senior level technology marketing position. Susan Price is 52-years-old, and was unemployed for all of 2009 and again from September 2010 to May 2011. She has since landed a job as a project manager in the pharmaceutical industry.