Monday, May 15, 2017

Cry Me a River

Since men are all butt hurt because they aren't making the money they used to and refuse to do the "drudge work" of child care and housework if they have wives, women in the Rust Belt are left to pick up the pieces.

This pattern of men leaving the labor force is also happening nationwide. “There is no doubt that men are working much less during the 2000s, and it doesn’t look like it’s a cyclical pattern as much as it is structural,” said Erik Hurst, an economist at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. His research suggests that men aged 21 to 30 without a college degree worked 12 percent less in 2015 than they did in 2000, and men aged 31 to 55 worked 8 percent less. Women’s shares were lower: younger women worked 7 percent less, while older women worked four percent less. Much of this decline is not just that all men worked fewer hours, but that a large number of men just stopped working, Hurst said, a trend that he attributed to automation and the disappearance of good jobs. The fraction of men who say they had worked zero hours over the past year has skyrocketed since 2000, he found. As they drop out of the labor force, men depend on family members and partners more, in some cases quite a lot. About 70 percent of non-working men ages 21 to 30 live with a parent or close relative other than a spouse, according to the Hurst data; 20 percent live with a spouse or with friends.

"Automation" has little to do with it. This is a direct result of trade policies and other neolib policies in D.C. that have been designed to destroy living standards. There is NO "rise" of women--it is all decline of men's economic fortunes thanks to those policies. Now everybody but the tiny economic elite face a lifetime of poverty.

Yet most of these men vote GOP.

Fortunately I am at the age where I don't care one way or the other about men. Most of the men in my age bracket are now retired, something I cannot ever afford to do.