A Washington think tank looking at long-term employment trends added discouraging data about reduced earning power for men in America. Brookings scholar Adam Looney notes, in discussing what some have dubbed a “mancession,” that 1 out of 5 prime-age men are out of work today compared to the previous generation when the figure was about less than 1 in 10.

Using 1969 as a baseline, Looney–interviewed in a newly released Brookings podcast–says that today’s man earns 28% less than his counterpart in 1969. Men are likely to cite as reasons for nonemployment an inability to find work, a physical disability or incarceration. “Those are all largely involuntary reasons for unemployment,” Looney says.

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