ABC correspondent Carole Simpson, on the February 10 World
News Tonight, spotted an important trend in the American economy
— older workers. According to Simpson, older workers are "becoming
the fastest growing segment of the labor force."
She reported that "from service, to retail, to heavy industry,
older workers are in demand." She pointed out that "medical advances
and healthier lifestyles have contributed to longevity. People who
are 50 years old today can expect to live another 25 years. They
want and need jobs." She concluded that "if the current economic
climate continues, not only will older people want to work, business
will need them."
Simpson could have asked whether the trend toward older workers
means that the retirement age for Social Security and Medicare could
be raised, and she could have mentioned that studies show people who
continue to work past age 65 are healthier and live longer.
But kudos to Simpson for telling viewers of an important trend in
America’s labor markets.