‘Tragedy of today’s employment landscape’: Gen X workers hit hardest by jobs crisis amid COVID-19

Younger GenXers, currently in their mid-late 40s, really should be in the sweet spot for transitioning to green jobs, because despite being “middle aged” they have two decades of work remaining. This article notes just how badly GenX have been hit when it comes to jobs, concluding that we need “ways to train current employees for new roles”: If not for the green economy, then what? There may also be some untapped potential in repositioning the GenX slacker archetype with its often anti-materialist worldview, as a form of sustainability: maybe GenX will finally come into its own in the green economy?

Gen X workers are feeling the brunt of unemployment concerns during the pandemic, according to a survey from Generation, a non-profit focused on employment.

The survey covered 3,800 unemployed and employed people ages 18 to 60 and 1,404 hiring managers across the United States, Brazil, India, Italy, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Spain. People were surveyed between March and May 2021.

Generation X is the term typically used for people born between 1965 and 1980, preceded by the baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964. The survey focused on those looking for, or in, entry-level and intermediate roles with no formal postsecondary education and low-income levels. Read the full article on USA Today.

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