Men between the ages of 25 and 54 are in their prime working years. Generally speaking, they’re too old for college and too young for retirement.
In February 2008, 87.4 percent of men in that demographic had jobs.
Six years later, only 83.2 percent of men in that bracket are working.
This employment rate is an important indicator of the health of the labor market. I’ve written repeatedly that overall job growth has roughly kept pace with population growth since the recession. Nothing less; nothing more.
To state the obvious, this state of affairs wouldn’t exist if we got rid of all the immigrants and strongly encouraged women to tend to the affairs of home instead of doing bullshit corporate work.
To state the less obvious, it starting to look like fewer men will be involved in building and maintaining society. This will probably introduce either a soft matriarchy or a lot of what essentially amounts to tribalistic polygamy as the decreasing numbers of high-status men and the increasing numbers of high-status women eventually yield to reality, and women start sharing high-status husbands. Astute readers will note that these two states of affairs—polygamist societies and matriarchal societies—have pretty much been the defining social structure of African countries for quite a while, especially in the less- and un-colonized African countries. I hope Americans like grass huts.