CHICAGO (CBS) — The American work force is getting grayer.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, baby boomers are staying on the job much longer by their sheer numbers, because they’re in better shape than previous generations, and due to the recent economic downturn.READ MORE: Man Arrested In Countless Social Media Threats Directed At CPS Schools, Days After Shootings Kill 2 Simeon Career Academy Students
LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports
For many boomers, full retirement age has been raised to 66, but many are staying in the workplace even beyond that.READ MORE: Chicago Father Frustrated With His Child Tax Credit Payment Delayed And Missing Due To Glitches In System
The U.S. Department of Labor says in 2010, for the first time since 1948, Americans 65 and older outnumbered those under the age of 20.
Chicago Kent College law professor Howard Eglit, who specializes in legal issues facing older workers, says there’s still plenty of age discrimination.
“Overall, the notion is older workers are not your best bet and that’s just wrong. It’s wrong,” Eglit said. “They bring experience, knowledge to the job that younger workers cannot bring to the job.”MORE NEWS: Illinois Attorney General's Office Holds Virtual Town Hall As It Begins Investigation Into Death Of Eric Lurry In Joliet Police Custody
Figures show that older workers who lose their jobs have a much tougher time finding work than their younger colleagues.