Boomer Unemployment Is A Growing Crisis

This interview was first published in The Forward.

Gail Magaliff

Gail Magaliff

Seasoned Jewish educational leaders make up a small slice of the older Americans struggling with unemployment. Health and social services agencies have been scrambling to support the demographic group having the hardest time finding new work — the millions of out-of-work baby boomers too young to retire and too old to start over.

Profoundly concerned about the impact of the long-term unemployment of this group, Gail A. Magaliff, CEO of FEGS Health and Human Services System, a beneficiary of the UJA-Federation of New York, has become a vocal proponent for addressing the boomer generation’s economic challenges.

In a position paper, “Long Term ‘Baby Boomer’ Unemployment: Profound Economic, Health, Family, and Philanthropic Implications for the Jewish Community,” Magaliff, who was named to the Forward 50 in 2012, outlined the consequences and impact of prolonged unemployment among mature workers, including poorer health and increased healthcare costs, increased use of the government’s safety net and loss of wealth. She also addressed the technology and communications skills gap that has prevented otherwise qualified mature workers from landing thousands of unfilled jobs.

Magaliff recently spoke by phone with the Forward’s Renee Ghert-Zand and shared some personal reflections on the crisis.

Renee Ghert-Zand: How long did it take for the re-employment problems of mature workers to become apparent?

Click here to read the interview.

© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All  rights reserved.

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