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09/22/03

Generation Gap

Call it a clash of generations. A sluggish economy paired with cutbacks in benefits has forced more and more older americans to either put off retirement or go back to work.
Many East Texas workplaces are reflecting that change. At a Target store in Tyler we found two women, more than 40 years apart, working side by side.
Lorene barker is a 60 something grandmother, who said she works because it's better than sitting at home. "Well if i wasn't working i'd be sitting at home," she said. "I'd rather be working and stay active. They say if you stay active you live longer."
Amanda Merritt is just 21 years old but she has her sights set on a managment position. Merritt said by working hard now and going to school, she is getting prepared for the future.
"I want to continue to work here not just to make some money but to promote and try to become an executive."
Merritt and Barker are just one example of the changing face of America's workforce. The situation is tough for many, but for these two it's working out just fine.

Chris Gibson reporting

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