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Older Americans special dilemna in unemployment WASHINGTON (AP) While unemployment among older Americans is but half the national average, they are being swept into the jobless lines faster than other workers, a congressional panel said Friday. "What can we do?" Raymond Arnista, a 56- year-old skilled machinist from Connecticut asked the House Select Committee on Aging. "I'm too young to retire, but apparently some employers think I'm too old to work." Arnista has been out of work for the last six months after losing the job he held for more than 38 years. He said he was denied the one prospect he's had because of his age. "It never dawned on me that my age might be a problem in the job search," decades, and even longer periods, of service now find themselves on the streets," said Lloyd McBride, president of the United Steeiworkers Union. "Have we no respect as a nation for what these workers contributed to our country, not to mention contributed to their employers?" The actual unemployment rate for older workers was 5.1 percent in September with the number out of work the highest in 42 years, the report said. The national jobless rate also hit a 42 year high last month of 10.1 percent. But the related problems facing the out-of-work elderly are more severe, the report said. They tend to be out of work longer, are more likely to give up looking for employment and if they can find work they take substantial committee chairman. Another study by Dr. Paula Ray man of Brandeis University found that the depth of the present economic decline has effectively stripped away the seniority and recall rights that have protected older workers in the past. Many now get a week or less notice that they're losing their jobs. The frustration of older workers was evident in the statements of Geoevieve Carthew, a 61-year-old widow from Pennsylvania who's been out of work for three years. She's eating up her savings to make ends meet. "I'm worried about the future," Mrs. Carthew said. Pepper, blaming President Reagan's economic policies for much of the problem, called for

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  1. The Galveston Daily News,
  2. 09 Oct 1982, Sat,
  3. Page 10

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