Consider the current national unemployment data and the horrifying snapshot they depict not only about unemployment, in general, but also the pervasive and widespread disinterest on the part of Americans in seeking employment, in specific. While those data correctly depict the present reality—the micro-trend—what about the larger truth—the macro-trend?
According to the New York Times, the past 5 decades have featured the number of males between the ages of 25 and 54 who are not working increasing by a factor of 300%. That’s 16% of that demographic. In addition:
- 85% of unemployed men in this demographic do not have a bachelor's degree; and,
- 34% have criminal records.
Three factors seem to be influencing those men who are not seeking work:
- the increased availability of disability benefits (a micro-trend);
- the drop in marriage rates and birth rates, meaning there are fewer children for which to provide (a macro-trend); and,
- technology and foreign competition has reduced the number of high-paying, low-skilled jobs that many men would have taken in years past (a macro-trend).
Moreover, among the 30M unemployed Americans between the ages of 25 and 54 who are able and anxious to find work—both males and females—67% want a full-time job and 19% want a part-time job. That said, many of those 30M unemployed are not so anxious to find work:
- 34% desire to hold a full-time job;
- 23% desire a part-time job;
- 20% "will want a job in the future"; and,
- 12% don't want a job now or in the future.
These are micro-trends—the present reality--extend the larger macro-trend—the truth about employment in the United States.
What is that larger truth? America's prime workforce—the 25 to 54 year old demographic, both male and female, but males more so—have become increasingly unproductive. Living off of various federal entitlements, this macro-trend, now supported by the micro-trend data, portends a future where the federal government will have to dole out increasingly enormous sums of taxpayer $$$s to those not only who are not anxious to find work but also to all of those who will be moving into the 55- to 70- year-old demographic and have grown comfortable living on the federal dole.
Guess who's going to have to come up with those taxpayer $$$s to foot the bill? Today's youth—who are fewer and fewer in number over the past 5 decades, thanks to the widespread availability of birth control, abortafacients, and abortion--who are absolutley clueless about what's going to be demanded of them. Don't forget Jonathan Gruber's correct assessment about the economic knowledge of the vast majority of the American people.
Is the Protestant work ethic dead in the United States?
Let the discussion begin…
To read the New York Times article, click on the following link:
"The Vanishing Male Worker: How America Fell Behind."