Men between the ages of 25 and 54 are considered to be in their prime working years. But in the United States, the share of prime-age men who are neither working nor looking for work has doubled since the 1970s. Roughly one in six prime-age men in the U.S. are either unemployed or out of the workforce altogether.
So where have they all gone? Derek Thompson, a senior editor at The Atlantic, offers a possible answer in his conversation with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson, as well as a way that could once again employ the millions of men missing from the U.S. labor force.