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Why men in the US are leaving the workforce

In the United States, the job market for men of working age has changed a lot in the last few decades. Men’s employment has dropped by a lot since the early 1950s, when it was at its best. This is because of changes in society and the economy. This blog post goes into great depth about the many reasons men in the US are leaving the workforce, such as changes in society and the economy.

Historical trends and recent data

There were jobs for 96% of American men between the ages of 25 and 54 in the 1950s. These were the best years for work. In March, though, only 86% of these guys were found to have jobs, which was a big drop. A group called the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says that there are more job gaps between men and women in the US than in any other wealthy country.

Recession and its long-term impacts

The US economy goes through cycles that have a big effect on the number of jobs for guys. It has been shown by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that when the economy goes into a recession, jobs drop sharply and don’t fully rebound. During the Great Recession of 2008, for example, the job rate for men of prime age dropped from 88% to 80.6%. It has stayed around 86.7% since then, never reaching the levels seen before the recession.

The disability factor

From about 455,000 in 1960 to over 7.6 million in 2022, the number of men getting disability payouts from Social Security has grown. About 1.3 million of them are guys between the ages of 25 and 54. This rise is partly due to more people living in the world and older people living longer. It’s also due to problems in the job market that make it hard for many people to find work.

Changing job market and educational demands

The demand for jobs has evolved, with globalization and automation reshaping the landscape. These changes have hit the manufacturing industry particularly hard, where many men were previously employed. Educational demands have also shifted; men now make up less than half of college enrollees, affecting their job prospects, as higher educational attainment often correlates with lower unemployment rates.

Incarceration and military employment

There are more people in prison now than there were 30 or 40 years ago. This makes it harder for guys to get work when they get out. It’s also clear that this path isn’t as appealing because the number of people who join the military has dropped from over 3 million in 1970 to less than 1.5 million in 2022.


The drop in men working is a difficult issue caused by many things, such as bad economies, the need for more education, and social issues. One of the hardest things for economists and politicians to do is develop good ways to deal with these problems through policy. There needs to be a broad plan to stop this trend and make sure that everyone who wants a job can find one as the conversation goes on.