Friday, February 27, 2009

Coming Out of Retirement

Mary Appleby, 76 years old, lost her job in January as a cashier at a
courthouse cafeteria here. She is now looking for minimum-wage work.
Bennett, 80, began filling out applications for fast-food restaurants and
convenience stores after she was laid off last March as a machinist. Fred Dase,
81, a bartender until last summer, also needs another job.

past recessions, older workers simply would have retired rather than searching
want ads and applying for jobs. But these days, with outstanding mortgages, bank
loans and high medical bills, many of them can't afford to be out of
With jobs so scarce, people in their seventh and eighth decades are up
against those half their age in a desperate scramble for work.

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