What’s Wrong With Being NEET?

TREND #4 America has seen an extraordinary increase in the ranks of workless, prime-age men over the past six decades. Although America’s population of primeage “not-in-the-labor-force” men, or NILFs, held steady at roughly one million throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, that total has exploded since then. In fact, for over half a century, the growth in America’s population of prime-age NILF men has been astonishingly steady and regular, rising by roughly 10,000 each month from 1965 to 2019. Just before the pandemic hit, almost 7 million civilian, non-institutionalized men between the ages of 25 and 54 were out of the workforce altogether. And even during the booming lead-up to the COVID pandemic, 10% of prime-age men were NEETS :...

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