cold saidMy guess is...
Older, more educated job seekers have higher expectations. They apply for jobs with better security and remuneration.An increasingly educated workforce striving for low turn-over positions means longer durations of unemployment?
I think sometimes these people with the major degrees do not want to settle for anything less than what they think they should get with their degrees.
When hiring people I always look for personality, how long they stayed at their previous jobs, what they are looking to gain out of employment with me. I look at their body language, hands above the table/desk and not crossed. I do not even look at education but to be honest, I have been turned off by some older candidates who walk in with a masters degree and apply for a customer satisfaction representative position. I always wonder why and most of the time their answers do not suffice my curiosity.
I believe that because of the negative idea we have about older job candidates, this also keeps the older candidates from getting the job. Most people think the older the job candidate is, the more likely they are to try to think they know it all because of their previous experience. They will be less likely to train and less likely to grasp new ides. Somewhat of a "stuck in their ways" sort of thing.
People should just get a job that makes them happy even if it isn't their dream job. It's better to have a job that makes you happy than be unemployed and looking for that dream job. But don't get a job just to get a job and end up miserable. Maybe these people who are increasingly unemployed should apply at any job just to get off unemployment...museums, an art gallery, a tourist spot, anything!