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Help available for older job seekers

Older hands type on a laptop. ElderServe's Senior Center offers computer classes.

As we head into Labor Day, a holiday created to honor the social and economic achievements of American workers, we thought it would be useful to corral job training resources for older adults. After all,  Americans 55 and older make up a fifth of the total labor force today, compared with 10 years ago, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Louisville Urban League has an Urban Senior Jobs Program. This program provides subsidized, service-based training for low-income, unemployed people 55 or older. For information, call 502.566.3371.

ElderServe’s Senior Center, 631 S. 28th St., offers free computer classes at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. These classes teach older adults basic computer skills, including how to use e-mail, the internet and social media. The instructor also fields questions about using tablets and digital music players. For information, call 502.778.7418.

While not specifically aimed at seniors, Kentuckiana Works can help in preparing for job interviews and writing resumes. Assistance is available at two locations in Jefferson County: 2900 W. Broadway (502.574.4100) and 600 W. Cedar St. (502.595.4003).

The AARP Foundation also has tips on strategies for job seekers.

For job seekers who are blind, disabled or a veteran, the Kentucky Career Center has programs that may be able to assist.

If you find that the lack of a high school diploma keeps you from landing jobs, remember that it’s never too late to learn. Jefferson County Adult Education can help you prepare for the GED exam. For information, call 502.485.3400.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that number of people working or actively looking for work is expected to increase the fastest for those 65 and older through 2024. Whether you are seeking work to supplement your household budget or to keep yourself busy after retirement, you are not alone – and there are resources to help you.

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