Unemployment: Companies Cut Pricey Older Workers

"There is a lot of fresh talent that is suddenly available because of wholesale layoffs happening at companies in almost every industry across the board," she told ABCNews.com. "Many are taking a defensive posture and freeing up cash by downsizing and then 'storing their acorns' in case the recession takes longer to turn around."

But because of "fundamental shifts" in industries like media, entertainment, publishing and advertising, many employers are "heavily weighted" with older workers, according to Hemming.

"Someone who has had a job in a print production role at an ad agency for 20 years may find themselves replaced by a younger worker who has top digital chops," she said. "So in this case, it's not about the older worker's age, it's about demand for the type of work to keep said agency in business and producing the type of work its clients now need."

Still, there are the lucky ones, boomers who have found work in a bad economy. Eric Perkins, 59, recently started with Hired Guns as an administrative assistant to Hemming.

"When I had my interview, age never came up," Perkins told ABCNews.com. "I even said, 'you don't want me; I'm old.' But that was not the case at all."

Still, Perkins admits he was surprised. He has run into age discrimination when interviewing for other jobs.

"I have run into this before," he said. "I knew someone in the company who told me three months later that they had hired some twink. And it was a huge mistake."

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