Older workers face tough times

Older workers are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. work force, according to the federal Administration on Aging, but they also face unprecedented challenges in today's job market.

That's the backdrop for National Employ Older Workers Week, which runs through Saturday.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, the goal is to spotlight how workers 55 years and older contribute to the workplace while emphasizing the tools they may need to transition back into the work force.

"Today's reality is that we have record numbers of older people in the work force, many on the sidelines who can't find work," Stephanie Cabral, California state director of Experience Works, a nonprofit that provides training and job opportunities for older workers, said in a statement.

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