Although lots of jobs were lost in the recession in the US, the number of older workers in employment actually rose.
“It seems employers value the skills and knowledge of older workers,” says commentator Allen Brooks. A recent survey of employer attitudes towards older and younger workers pointed out “the lack of verbal, writing and dedication characteristics among younger workers, which is holding down their employment opportunities.”
This isn’t a phenomenon confined to America, as youth unemployment is a huge problem in Europe.
The politicians all seem to think that the answer is better education, or more training. More important, I think, is radical improvement in youngsters’ attitudes towards serving others, diligence, hard work and punctuality.