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One In Six Working-Age Men Do Not Have Jobs

From an unfazed (about amnesty) Wall Street Journal:

More Men in Prime Working Ages Don’t Have Jobs

By Mark Peters and David Wessel | February 5, 2014

… More than one in six men ages 25 to 54, prime working years, don’t have jobs—a total of 10.4 million. Some are looking for jobs; many aren’t. Some had jobs that went overseas or were lost to technology. Some refuse to uproot for work because they are tied down by family needs or tethered to homes worth less than the mortgage. Some rely on government benefits. Others depend on working spouses.

Having so many men out of work is partly a symptom of a U.S. economy slow to recover from the worst recession in 75 years. It is also a chronic condition that shows how technology and globalization are transforming jobs faster than many workers can adapt, economists say.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal wants us to legalize (at least) 11 million illegal aliens, who will compete for jobs with these same men, and also further drive down wages. And add to the welfare dole.

The trend has been building for decades, according to government data. In the early 1970s, just 6% of American men ages 25 to 54 were without jobs. By late 2007, it was 13%. In 2009, during the worst of the recession, nearly 20% didn’t have jobs.

The trend doesn’t seem to "have been building" until the Democrats took control of Congress (and the economy) and we got Obama as President.

17% of working-age men weren’t working in December. More than two-thirds said they weren’t looking for work, so the government doesn’t label them unemployed…

Men without jobs stand apart in a society that has long celebrated work and hailed the breadwinners who support their families. "Our culture is one that venerates work, that views work as good for its own sake," said David Autor, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist.

The obvious solution is to change that old fashioned outlook.

The bleak prospects for the long-term unemployed—40% of men looking for jobs say they have been out of work six months or more—alarms policy makers and economists. The longer a person is unemployed, according to historic data, the harder it is to find a job.

Which is why we need to extend those emergency one time only federal unemployment benefits — for the sixth time.

Surveys find that most of the jobless spend their days in the same way working men spend weekends—watching TV, working out, sleeping. Economists say part of the problem is that men with few marketable skills and little education can’t find work that pays enough to get them off the couch…

Simply put, many of the available jobs don’t pay enough to get men to take them, particularly if securing a job requires moving, long commutes or surrendering government benefits…

Once again, amnesty will only make this worse.

Kenneth Gilkes Jr. , 29 years old, thought he was on his way to a career in government affairs after earning a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008.

But he was laid off from his first job at Chicago public schools. His most recent position, working in community outreach for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. , ended in April with Mr. Jackson’s resignation over the misuse of campaign funds. Mr. Gilkes collected $500 a week in unemployment benefits until December, when Congress failed to extend the program. He has spent his savings and now relies on family and friends.

Mr. Gilkes applies for at least two jobs a day, he said, but gets little response, especially when applying online, a common complaint by job seekers…

A man who is connected to the Democrat Party machine in Chicago can’t get work? Things really are bad.

[A] desire to return to the workplace is exceptional among the growing ranks of unemployed men who seek and obtain federal disability benefits. The number has grown in the past two decades, despite fewer physically demanding jobs; advances in medicine; and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act that requires employers to accommodate workers with disabilities.

In 1989, 3% of men ages 25 to 64 collected federal disability benefits. In 2013, 5.5% did, according to the Social Security Administration, and about half of those—more than two million men—were age 54 or younger. Very few who get these benefits return to work, and even those who apply for disability and are rejected are unlikely to work again, government and academic data show…

As we have said before, Social Security disability is the new unemployment insurance. And it has the additional benefit of being good for life.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, February 6th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “One In Six Working-Age Men Do Not Have Jobs”

  1. I sure quit

    (paying attention to headline writers)

  2. Petronius

    Who cares about jobs?

    The American idiocracy had a vote on jobs in 2012, and voted against them.

    Their choice was simple:

    jobs = Romney
    Romney = cancer
    cancer = bad
    jobs = bad
    Obama = no jobs
    Obama = good

  3. AcornsRNutz

    Well the real problem here for me personally is not that these guys are out of work. If all else were equal this would mean I’d have an easier time finding a job. The big factor here is that no one is hiring people in this demographic. Why might that be?

  4. Rusty Shackleford

    The two-tiered effect of increasing unemployment while simultaneously destroying the mechanism that creates jobs is truly the “worker’s paradise” that all socialists shoot for.

    Add to that the many vehicles at their disposal to bring about “social change”, which is nothing more than manipulating the emotions of the proles. If class envy doesn’t work, use racism. If that’s not viable, global warming. Add Sexist, homophobia, islamaphobia, any of the modern day “it’s the Joooooos” methodology and you have the ideal propaganda mill.

    (Incidentally, “It’s the Jooooooos” still works remarkably well for this regime, as it has for all past regimes)

    Goebbels would be proud.




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