Government must make the growing numbers of unemployed over-50s ‘a priority' as the state pension age rises, according to Age UK.
Figures published today by the Office of National Statistics shows while there was an overall drop in the numbers of long-term employed, more than half of unemployed men aged fifty plus have been out of work for over a year.
In comparison, the percentage of women in their 50s who had been unemployed for over a year was 40%.
This follows the publication of a White Paper on state pension reform last week, which announced the state pension age will increase from 66 to 67 by 2028 with five yearly reviews.
Michelle Mitchell, Age UK's charity director general said: "Now that the government has made it clear that the state pension age is going to rise, it's more important than ever that job creation for older people is made a priority. Just under half of men and women aged 50 and over who are unemployed have been out of work for more than a year and research shows they find it harder than any other group to find a job.
"The government must wake up to the implications of raising the state pension age and stamp out age discrimination in the jobs market and help older people find work and retrain. If not, we face a future where older people who have been locked out of work through no fault of their own face silently slipping into poverty."
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