I would suggest that the more likely explanation is that companies who dealt with layoff requirements under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), including strict ADEA notice requirements during the downturn, consciously or unconsciously discriminated in hiring once it picked back up. It is more difficult to prove hiring discrimination than discrimination against employees, so older workers facing such discrimination may have little recourse.
Another possible explanation is that employers post-recession are looking to hire employees at lower salaries, and older and more experienced employees are simply asking for more money and thus taking longer to find work. Still, as the economy improves one would expect these statistics to revert back to normal unless employers are simply afraid of dealing with ADEA compliance/and or afraid of lawsuits by older employers. For information on dealing with ADEA compliance requirements or if you have been terminated because of your age, contact Dallas employment attorney Michelle MacLeod at the MacLeod Law Firm by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.