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Casey, Scott to Hold Hearing on Economic Toll of COVID-19 on Older Workers

Thursday, April 29, at 9:30 A.M.

Washington, DC – On Thursday, April 29, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Ranking Member Tim Scott (R-SC) will hold a hearing entitled, “A Changing Workforce: Supporting Older Workers Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond.” The hearing will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected older Americans’ employment and financial security and what must be done to help older Americans get back on their feet as the Nation’s economy recovers.


Older workers have suffered greatly from the health and economic crises created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The unemployment rate for workers ages 55 and above skyrocketed from 2.6 percent in February 2020 to a peak of 13.6 percent in April 2020. Roughly 1.7 million workers ages 55 and above are still unemployed, and many other workers have fallen out of the workforce altogether.


Witnesses for the hearing will include:

  • Elizabeth White, Author and Aging Solutions Advocate, Washington, D.C.


  • Dr. Elise Gould, Senior Economist, Economic Policy Institute, Takoma Park, MD


  • Ramsey Alwin, President and CEO, National Council on Aging, Washington, D.C.


  • David Poston, President and CEO, Palmetto Synthetics, Kingstree, SC


When: Thursday, April 29, at 9:30 A.M.


Watch: Live broadcast online here.