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Getting old? Looking for a job? Multiple state government systems still run on COBOL, and the people who could read, let alone modify, the code, are aging out, leaving vital systems unsupported.

Colorado — like most states and territories across the country — is experiencing record unemployment numbers. But the state’s unemployment system is built on aging software running on a decades-old coding language known as COBOL. Over the years, COBOL programmers have aged out of the workforce, forcing states to scramble for fluent coders in times of national crisis.

I’m old enough – I certainly worked with plenty of COBOL programmers – but I was in the FORTRAN camp, speaker of a different now-dead language.

(courtesy Daring Fireball )