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Study: Lubbock a top city for job seekers over 50

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock may be the place to be, if you are a boomer ready to work. 

A new report from ranked the top U.S. cities for job seekers over the age of 50.

Lubbock ranks number 8.

"I think in the older generations, they're more mature for one. They have a really strong work ethic," President of the local government division at Tyler technologies, Dane Womble, said.

"They've experienced things in other communities and other places that they bring back these new ideas," C.E.O. of the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, John Osborne, said.

The report shows very low unemployment rates for people 45 and older in the city of nearly 250,000 people. 

26 percent of Lubbock's population is made up of people 50 and older. 

Experienced workers can be valuable for businesses. 

"They have these unique different experiences, they're smart, they're well-trained, they're very talented and that provides a great opportunity for companies to expand their businesses," Osborne said.

"I wanted something a little bit different. And then the opportunity to be on a brand-new property that really is going to be one of a kind," Thomas Wicinski said. 

Wicinski specifically moved to Lubbock to serve as the Executive Director of Food & Beverage at the Buddy Holly Performing Arts Center, coming in 2020.

He says, age is just a number.

"As long as you're able to understand and move into a different area, there really is no barrier whatsoever, doesn't matter what your age is" Wicinski said. 

He says big things are on the horizon for the city of Lubbock.

"I think it's right time, right place. And I think that Lubbock's hit it's right time, right place," he added.

When workers decide to eventually retire, they won't have to go too far.

Just recently, the city was highlighted on the cover of Where to Retire Magazine as an "undiscovered haven".

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