ERIC Number: ED466751
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The New Workforce: Age and Ethnic Changes.
McClellan, Judi L.; Holden, Richard
As the United States population ages, employers face the possibility of a sustained retirement of the baby boom generation and a loss of their most experienced and knowledgeable employees. The public sector appears to be even more vulnerable, with an older-than-average workforce as well as a more traditional retirement system that encourages early retirement. As a result, there is a possibility of occupation-specific labor shortages, if not an overall labor shortage, as the baby boomers reach retirement age. For employers, the immediate challenge will be to determine how to employ aging workers by using phased retirement options such as flexible or part time hours and a quality work environment. Employers also face the challenge of a younger and more ethnically and culturally diverse workforce. As an example of this situation, California, although it has a younger population, also faces the demographic certainty of the aging baby boom and a culturally diverse workforce. As the most diverse state ethnically and culturally, California has the opportunity to lead the nation in accomplishing an ongoing transition to a workforce much more diverse than the workforce of the baby boom era. (Contains 21 endnotes.) (KC)
Descriptors: Baby Boomers, Demand Occupations, Employees, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Patterns, Employment Problems, Employment Projections, Ethnic Groups, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Labor Supply, Labor Turnover, Middle Aged Adults, Minority Groups, Older Adults, Older Workers, Population Trends, Quality of Working Life, Retirement, Socioeconomic Influences, Work Environment
For full text: http://ows.doleta.gov/nrc/pdf/holden.pdf.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Employment Development, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California