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1. Moss, Michael
Marguerite Ables, 68, Finds Her Life's Work Can't Get Her a Job
The Wall Street Journal, 60, September 24, 1997: 1
Cohort(s): Mature Women
Publisher: Dow Jones, Inc.
Keyword(s): Age and Ageing; Income Level; Job Search; Job Skills; Job Tenure

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Marguerite Ables has been a homemaker for most of the past five decades, raising three children and watching four grandchildren and a great-grandson grow up. Now at age 68 she is trying to join the work force. Her metro area is bursting with jobs. But as she runs her index finger down the columns of the help wanted ads. Mrs. Ables quickly winnows her options. Her resume is almost entirely blank. Amid the growing ranks of older workers are women like Mrs. Ables who have spent most of their lives at home. Having outlived their husbands--or a least their marriages they increasingly find themselves in their 60s or 70s with good health, but too much time on their hands and not enough money to live comfortably. Yet despite low unemployment what some discover is that they are quite literally, among the last people anyone would want to hire. No one charts these homemakers turned laborers, incidental as they are to the economy. But a continuing study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statis tics, called the National Longitudinal Survey of Mature Women, indicates that 240,000 women age 55 to 69 will take a job this year after not having worked for at least 20 years. Thousands more will look without success.
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Moss, Michael. "Marguerite Ables, 68, Finds Her Life's Work Can't Get Her a Job." The Wall Street Journal, 60, September 24, 1997: 1.