As an older worker, how much harder has COVID made it harder to get a job?

Although age discrimination is illegal in a nation with high unemployment the 'competitive edge' gets harder for the older unemployed worker.  

In WNC, a significant portion of the economy is around tourism and hospitality jobs that commonly pay less than living wage earnings.

Exacerbating Inequality

"The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated inequality across the age spectrum and has made Americans near retirement particularly vulnerable – especially if they weren’t yet ready to leave the workforce."

What are the solutions for the WNC Experienced Worker?