Governor Huckabee says “the Arkansas Mature Worker Initiative will help older workers find jobs throughout the state. Arkansas is one of four states participating in the program through a partnership with the AARP.”
The governor said the program would help stem the rising number of people who are retiring from the workforce. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that up to 43 percent of the current workforce will be eligible to retire in the next 10 years. Mentioning that he himself now qualifies for an AARP membership
Maria Reynolds-Diaz with AARP says, "What we are encouraging employers to do is look at initiative ways to keep mature workers. Perhaps create flexible ways to do job sharing, consulting work, bring in benefits."
The program is designed to keep and bring those over 50 into the workforce, mainly because as so many sets to retire soon, the state will be short so many workers.
Huckabee says, "It's not just that you're losing the numbers, but more frightening, the people we're losing are the most seasoned experienced knowledgeable people of how their particular jobs are done."