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Men Without Work: America's Invisible Crisis

Jan 9, 2017

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Unemployment is at its lowest in nearly 10 years. However,  almost one in eight men is out of the labor force entirely, neither working nor even looking for work. So who are these men and what’s keeping them out of the job market?

Today, a conversation with Nicholas Eberstadt and Anirban Basu about the historically high number of men in their prime working years who are not in the workforce.

Nicholas Eberstadt holds the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). His latest book is Men Without Work: America’s Invisible Crisis.

Anirbahn Basu is the Chairman and CEO of the Sage Policy Group, an economic consulting firm and host of the Morning Economic Report on WYPR. 

On Mondays here on Midday, we read the names of people who lost their lives to violence in Baltimore City.  We stand in witness to their untimely deaths, and we remember their families and friends in their hour of grief.  A researcher named Ellen Worthing has been compiling a list of Baltimore homicide victims for the past 15 years.  We are indebted to her for the data she posts on her blog, "chams page.”  We also consult the Baltimore Sun’s list of homicides, which they have been compiling since 2007.  

So far in this new year, six people have already been victims of homicide in our city. These are the people who were killed in Baltimore last week:

  • Keith Patterson, age 39
  • Sheamon Perlie, age 20
  • James Williams, age 33
  • Davonte Jackson, age 24
  • Jamal Washington, age 38 
  • Timothy Stephens, age 32.