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013 AGEISM

Updated 08/05/2017












     Ageism is forcing many to look
     outside Silicon Valley, but tech hubs offer little respite  |  USA Today, Jon Swartz            08/04/2017
     SAN FRANCISCO — For years, job hunting over the age of 40 in the youth-obsessed
     Silicon Valley could prove hazardous to your career.
     
But judging from the experiences of technology workers roaming the country in search
     of job opportunities elsewhere, ageism is a universal problem in the industry.  
     "It's not just Silicon Valley. It is everywhere," says Pete Denes, 59, who used to run a $200
     million sales division at Hitachi and now sells yard and monument signs in his native
     Omaha after a go at real estate in Phoenix. "It is very frustrating after a while."
     From California to Arizona and now Omaha, Denes says he traveled far and wide in search
     of work in tech.  
Nearly a decade and 300 rejected resumes later, he concluded it's “virtually
     impossible to get my foot in the door anywhere.”


     How to Protect Yourself from Ageist Attitudes  |  TheGuardian, Abby Young-Powell                 04/27/2017
     When Lucy Shaw*, now 41, was approached by an agent interested in signing her to a
     radio show she loved, she was excited. But when she told him her age he didn’t react
     well. “When he realised I was 30, his face and attitude changed completely,” Shaw says.
     “He said, obviously at my age I’d be thinking about getting married and having kids,
      and that wouldn’t work with his ideas.”


     U.S. Job Seekers Giving Up, Leaving the Workforce  |  Fox Business, Suzanne O'Halloran      12/02/2016
     More Americans are kissing the workforce goodbye – not because they’re financially
     secure but because they can’t find a job. A record 95 million people are sitting on the
     sidelines opting not to work. As a result, the labor participation rate is stuck at 62.7%,
     a 40-year low.
 
     “There are a certain percentage of people staying home,” said Dan North, economist at
      Euler Hermes, during an interview with FOXBusiness.com. “If benefits are great in some
      states, people will just stay home,” he noted. Those benefits may include welfare, food
      stamps and Medicare. 

     “It’s not that people are lazy, they are just not stupid,” Michael Tanner, senior fellow at
      the Cato Institute, which advocates limited government, tells FOXBusiness.com. Tanner,
      who studies poverty issues, also notes the federal welfare system is very complex and
      has around 70 programs, making it more complicated to fix. States with generous
      freebies include Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and California.