Federal unemployment statistics for January show that African-American workers between 45 and 74 had an unemployment rate of 9.9 percent, compared with 6.1 percent for Whites of the same age.

New AARP research shows that a large number of older African Americans are anxious about continuing weaknesses in the economy and small businesses in which they are involved.

“For many years, older AfricanAmericans have faced an extremely difficult job market,” said AARP Vice President for Multicultural Engagement Edna Kane-Williams in announcing the release of the research. “

AARP has begun offering a new way for experienced workers to advance themselves through Work Reimagined, a social network-based jobs program that connects employers seeking experienced workers with qualified professionals searching for new or more satisfying careers.

The site (www.workreimagined.org) leverages the platform of the social media site, LinkedIn.

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