Nicholas Eberstadt’s very important book, Men Without Work: America’s Invisible Crisis.
John Mauldin has a good newsletter on this problem which is uniquely the US. Unmarried, without a high school diploma, etc has resulted in:
"10 million American men of prime working age (25 to 54) who have simply dropped out of the workforce, and the great majority of them have not only dropped out of the workforce, they have also dropped out from any commitments or responsibilities to society. It is not just the labor force they are not participating in; they are not participating in the normal ebb and flow of community life..."
"Male participation in the civilian labor force has been steadily dropping for 60 years, through boom and bust years, periods of inflation and deflation, Republican and Democratic administrations and congressional control; the trend seems to be relentless – except that it has been accelerating since 2009."
"in the 20 years to 1998, the mortality rate of middle-aged white Americans fell by about 2% a year. But between 1999 and 2013, deaths rose. The reversal was all the more striking because, in Europe, overall middle-age mortality continued to fall at the same 2% pace. By 2013 middle-aged white Americans were dying at twice the rate of similarly aged Swedes of all races (see chart). Suicide, drug overdoses and alcohol abuse were to blame."
"Between 1948 and 2015, the work rate for U.S. men twenty and older fell from 85.8 percent to 68.2 percent. Thus the proportion of American men twenty andy older without paid work more than doubled, from 14 percent to almost 32 percent."
plus almost the highest incarceration rate in the world and a criminal record makes so many unemployable and increases the number even higher.
As a change from the usual partisan threads of Simple Public Policy, do you see any changes that can occur locally and up to turn this situation around? Non-skilled jobs are going to decrease as more automation comes into play.
Limits on how long a criminal record exists? Changes in charging for drug use? Ideas?
This is a heart-breaking issue to me so that is why I am posting this. If it is forecast that up to a third of men 25-54 will be unemployed in the next decade and dropping out of the community, it should be triggering more interest, don't you think?