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Editor’s note: The next president is in for a rough welcome to the Oval Office given the list of immediate crises and slow-burning policy challenges, both foreign and domestic. What should Washington do? Why should the average American care? We’ve set out to clearly define US strategic interests and provide actionable policy solutions to help the new administration build a 2017 agenda that strengthens American leadership abroad while bolstering prosperity at home.
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America has changed. The work force has shifted, grown, and then plummeted. Some surveys say — and the Obama administration likes to cite — that the unemployment rate has gone down in recent years. However, the reality is that the American “unemployment rate” has become an increasingly inaccurate barometer for measuring the health of the American labor market and the well-being of the American public.
More people — but especially men in their prime — are out of work than ever before. Nicholas Eberstadt, America’s leading demographer and political economist, exposes this reality with fresh, detailed demographic data. He concludes that there is a new population of men — beyond the “employed” and “unemployed” — that are “unemployed but not looking for work.” Who are these men? Why are they not looking for work? And how has the welfare state influenced, contributed to, or even exacerbated the reality of this new class of men? “Men Without Work” pays particular attention to this group, presenting a clear, researched look at what all Americans can no longer ignore.
INFOGRAPHIC | An army of jobless men
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