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The challenges of finding work after 50

Today, a long-term Parliamentary study is being launched into the problem of youth unemployment. But here in Ottawa-Gatineau, another age group is struggling too. According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in our region has almost doubled among those aged 55 and over since 2010.


Marc Lavoie falls into that category; he's a former Nortel employee looking for work, and he's 57. Kurtis Kitagawa used to work for the Conference Board of Canada and is also now unemployed at the age of 52. Kurtis reflects the findings of a post-recession study which showed that 15 per cent of job seekers aged 45 and over have been out of work for more than a year.


David Gray wrote that study. He's a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Ottawa, and he joined us in studio along with Marc and Kurtis.


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