We have long been pounding the table (certainly since mid-2012) that the US labor market has become a place where mostly older workers – those 55 and over – are hirable – something which has nothing to do with demographics, and everything to do with excess worker slack, and an employer’s market to pick and chose those workers that are most qualified for a job since older workers have the same wage leverage as younger ones: none. February was merely the latest confirmation of just this.
The chart below shows the age breakdown of the various age groups of workers hired in the past month. The vast majority, or 239K of the job gains(according to the Household survey), once again fell into the oldest group, those aged 55-69. The core demographic, those 25-54, rose by a negligible 29K. Everyone else, i.e., those 16-24, saw a total of 153K in job losses.
The good news (for them, and bad news for everyone else): the number of workers aged 55 and over just hit a fresh all time record high:
And finally, here is the full breakdown of “young vs old” jobs since the start of the Depression in December 2007: those 55 and older have gained 4.9 million jobs. Those under 55 are still some 3.1 million jobs below their December 2007 level.