Where Not to Retire When You Still Have to Work

Site lists six areas where unemployment rates are highest for those 65 and older.

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

Sad as it sounds, retiring today doesn’t mean you’ll be spending your days lunching with friends, playing a few rounds of golf, traveling the world and doting on the grandkids. Odds are pretty good you’ll still need to work in some capacity. Sad trombone.

And wouldn’t you know it, some locales are much more difficult to find work in when you’re of retirement age. The website 24/7 Wall St. looked at Bureau of Labor Statistics employment data to come up with a list of the six American cities with the highest unemployment rates for those ages 65 and older. Here are the places you might want to stay away from if you’re job hunting for a second career; each is followed by the area’s unemployment rate for those 65-plus:

  1. 1. Charlotte/Gastonia/Rock Hill, North Carolina—South Carolina: 15.5 percent.
  2. 2. Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida: 14.5 percent.
  3. 3. Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue, Washington: 14.2 percent.
  4. 4. Las Vegas/Paradise, Nevada: 13.4 percent.
  5. 5. Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, Connecticut: 11.3 percent.
  6. 6. Austin/Round Rock/San Marcos, Texas: 10.3 percent.

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First Published January 30, 2012

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