Two million older adults are currently unemployed. Older workers historically struggle with long-term unemployment at greater rates than their younger counterparts, and right now over half of older Americans have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more.
SCSEP is the only federal job training and placement program focused exclusively on helping older adults return to the workforce, prioritizing services to veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other most-in-need older adults who have low job prospects and significant barriers to employment. The current funding level of $405 million is $60 million less than it was nearly three decades ago.
Tell Congress that older workers need their support. The bipartisan reauthorization adopted in 2020 authorized $480.9 million for the upcoming year, and House-passed appropriations legislation call for a $45 million increase while Senate appropriators are calling for a $5 million boost. The House has approved a $45 million increase and Senate appropriators have proposed a $5 million boost. If you can lobby, specifically request support for the maximum investment possible for the coming year.