10 great cities for over-50 job seekers

Boasting high job growth and low unemployment rates, these 10 small-to-huge cities mean great employment opportunities for Boomers.

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The good news: The unemployment rate for older workers is dropping. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it now stands at 5% for age 55-plus, and 5.7% for Americans between 45 and 54.

The bad news: Studies show that when Boomers lose their jobs, they remain unemployed longer than younger workers, and frequently come back at fractions of their former salaries.

The best news: Whether you’’ve been jobless for the long term or just want to switch careers, there are work opportunities out there—if you’’re willing to look around. These 10 cities have low unemployment rates, job growth in Boomer-friendly sectors (especially health, education, and government), and lots of perks.

So what are you waiting for? Let’’s get to work.

Unemployment and job growth numbers current as of July 2013.





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