Nearly a third of American men aren’t working. These include the unemployed, men who can’t find jobs. But there are two-and-half times more men who aren’t even trying to find a job. Because their lack of work is voluntary, they aren’t counted in the unemployment rate. But the number of men between 25 to 54 who are “economically inactive” is soaring.
This has nothing to do with educational attainment, the business cycle, or the availability of jobs. Many men just don’t feel that traditional masculine impulse to work for a living. Instead they are living off of government benefits, family members, and girl friends. (Women, by contrast, are working in vast numbers. But the men who don’t work tend not to be the marrying kind.)
After the jump, an excerpt and link to George Will’s review of Nicholas Eberstadt’s book on the subject, Men Without Work: America’s Invisible Crisis.