Opinion

Commentary: With so many men out of work, expect social instability

"Rodney Ringler is an unemployed blue-collar male without a college degree. Men like him have been the main victims of the current recession in the United States," points out a recent story in Reuters.

"'I haven't worked since December of 2007, around the time this recession started. I've been looking into law enforcement because it's a growth area.'"

He hasn't been able to get a foothold.

In July, male unemployment hit 10.5 percent. Ten percent is the tripwire, a signal of a serious social problem.

Unemployment for women is just 8 percent.

More than 4 out of 5 jobs lost in this recession have been to men.

This is historically unprecedented. In 2006 and 2007, male and female unemployment rates were about equal, under 5 percent, In 2008, male unemployment skyrocketed.

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