Young Men Face Desultory Job Market, Few Prospects

by Featured Guest on May 27, 2011

Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission Tom Pauken, writing for the American Spectator, draws attention to the fact that 19% of young men are currently unemployed. Keep in mind that this figure does not include those who only have part-time jobs, have simply dropped out of the labor force for one reason or another or those currently in school.

Pauken outlines a few of the reasons young men are out of work in such staggering numbers:

One reason that men’s employment rate lags behind is that there has been negative growth in the types of jobs men historically have occupied. In the last 10 years, 5.5 million manufacturing jobs were lost. That’s one-third of our manufacturing base in an industry where men make up 70 percent of the workforce. In construction, where 87 percent of positions are filled by men, more than 1.4 million jobs went away during that time frame. Approximately 4.4 million jobs have been added in the education and health care sectors, but women dominate this growing field as they make up 77 percent of the work force.

What is interesting about the above figures is that they clearly demonstrate that government policy and expenditure has strongly favored women in the “winner” industries of education and healthcare. However, it goes even farther:

All levels of government now have special programs designed to make sure that women and minority-owned businesses receive preferences in landing government contracts.

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Pointing this out has long been off limits in polite company, but Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., recently broke the taboo. In an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal, he called for an end to the government’s preferential treatment programs with the exception of those programs designed to assist African-Americans…

So male unemployment is largely by design — it is not simply a result of the “information economy” or some inevitable consequence of “progress.”

This is something that the Kay Hymowitzes and Michael Kimmels of the world either can’t see or – more likely – conveniently ignore when discussing the plight of young men today. High male unemployment is a direct result of preferences that have been in place for well over a generation now.

Nevertheless, one still hears feminists and their supporters blabbering on about male privilege, which is simply a chimera held up to divert attention from their own advantages.

What young men have to understand is that there are real people who are to blame for stacking the deck against them — it isn’t the result of some irresistible force of nature or Act of God. The young are often politically naive, but in time they will begin to see the light. We can only hope that it isn’t too late for them – or for justice – when they do.

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