Retiring at the age of 60 or 65 is no longer a “given.” According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of workers in the labor force who are 55 years of age and older increased steadily from 29.9 percent in 1993 to 40.4 percent in 2009. Since then, the rate has remained steady. As a consequence, seniors are changing the face of the nation’s workforce. A multi-generational workforce is fast becoming the country’s new reality.
New York City wants to make it easier for older persons to work, if they so desire. If you want to find a new job or re-enter the job market, the City can help you with training and placement assistance through Workforce 1 Centers and, if you’re over 55 and income-eligible, through Title V services of the Department for the Aging and other organizations that receive Title V funds.