Also, on an even more interesting note, they are both men. Although I get many emails from women, right now, men are going to feel the brunt of loss of job security more than
women. The sectors that are booming right now, education and healthcare, are predominantly staffed by women (77%) . Manufacturing and construction, for example, which are feeling the turndown very sharply, are predominantly staffed by men (88%).
Like so many of us, caught in that bizarre twilight zone of 50-ish to 60-ish, their biggest question is “So, what do I do now?” They are not naive enough to think that someone will snatch them up. They are both overqualified for anything they will be offered. They are going to have to get creative.For a detailed look at how the economy is affecting both men (high numbers of jobs lost) and women (stay more stagnant in their positions) this article on MSNBC has some interesting stats.