Looking For Someone To Blame

There seems to be a lot of resentment for Baby Boomers who refuse to retire and open up the job market for the unemployed and under-employed.  Despite the fact that boomers can’t afford to retire and are still trying to recover from the big recession AND trying to do it in a struggling economy, there is a lot of push for boomers to step aside.


So, when my husband brought this article to my attention I found it interesting.  According to the article by Matt Sedensky (an AP reporter studying aging and workforce issues as part of a year-long Fellowship), the idea that older workers remaining on the job are stealing these jobs from younger workers is simply not supported by any evidence.  In fact the opposite is true.   “Having older people active and productive actually benefits all age groups, economists say, and spurs the creation of more jobs.”

The article has much more about why having older workers in the job force does not limit the opportunities for younger workers.  http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/01/03/older-workers-taking-jobs-from-the-young-nonsense-economists/

So, maybe younger workers don’t have to worry that baby boomers are keeping them from getting jobs.  And the millennial who sent a comment to me that baby boomers should just die and get out of the way so that the millennials can clean up the mess that we made; well maybe he is just looking for someone to blame.

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10 Responses to Looking For Someone To Blame

  1. I think you hit the nail on the head with your assessment on that commenter. Oy! Just because it feels good to have somewhere else to assign the blame doesn’t make it right . . . and inevitably involves a level of oversimplification that explains why s/he might be having difficulties obtaining solid job footing.

  2. I get so incensed when I read or hear comments from the ‘younger generation’ blaming us (boomers) for the lack of employment opportunities that I want to smack their arrogant little heads together! The problem isn’t with boomers staying in the positions we’ve worked 40-plus long, hard years to secure, it’s with ‘kids’ who think they’re entitled to jobs that they’re neither qualified for nor capable of actually performing (without years of experience). It’s not that there aren’t jobs out there (as so many of them claim), its that they don’t want to start (as we did) at the bottom or perhaps even in a ‘career’ they didn’t train for, and work their way up to their ‘dream job’. They seem to think they can graduate from college/university and start at the top (or, at the very least, the middle) and earn $75,000 a year right off the bat (both my husband and I are/were college professors – we’ve seen/heard it all from the horse’s mouth, so to speak). The reality is that we earned our positions and the right to keep them for as long as we want/need (to secure our own futures). And let’s not forget where the funding for those university/college educations came from – either directly from mom and/or dad’s bank account, or from government subsidies, loans and grants, which we fund through personal income taxes (here in Canada, anyway). It is neither our responsibility to provide jobs for the next generation, nor to give in to their demands to retire early so they can (purportedly) ‘reach their goals’. It’s time for them to take responsibility for their own futures by sucking it up, taking whatever jobs they can (as we did), and discovering what’s it like to actually work for a living. Life is tough – they need to get used to it!

  3. benzeknees says:

    Without us & all our technological advances, those millenials would be in the dark! Ha!

  4. Jean Ryan says:

    This is a great post and an interesting topic. It’s been my experience that baby boomers don’t pose much of a challenge to younger job seekers. Finding a job when you are over the age of 50–now there’s a challenge!

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