Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is releasing a report that says working-aged men are having trouble finding quality jobs and are “falling out of the labor force in staggering numbers.”
Rubio, in a Monday press release on his official website, said the report entitled “The State of the Working (And Non-Working) Man” will detail “the problems men face in their vital role as providers.”
“Unfortunately, the evidence is clear that working-age men are not doing well at all,” Rubio wrote.
“Some might wonder how this could be, since national unemployment is near a record low. The problem is hidden out of sight, driven by a slow erosion of workers’ earning power.”
Rubio said millions of male blue-collar and less-educated workers no longer can provide a middle-class life for their families.
“As big a problem are the millions of men who have defected from the labor force entirely and spend their days in idleness — or worse,” Rubio said. “Last year, there were 7 million men missing from the labor force and 10 million total without work.”
The struggles of male workers undoubtedly has contributed to the disintegration of the nuclear family.
“[F]ewer boys have involved fathers today. Many have no positive male role models of any kind,” the senator wrote. “The headlines are full of the tragic consequences. Men and boys are depressed, lonely, angry, and even violent — toward themselves and others.”
Rubio’s report identifies five reasons for male workers’ struggles.
“There is no single culprit behind the carnage,” he wrote, “but our report identifies five factors that are particularly worthy of attention: deindustrialization, open borders, corrosive welfare programs, changes in education, and recent revolutions in American culture and technology. We must respond to these factors head-on.”
Rubio said that “bringing back the kind of widespread, well-paying jobs that enabled past generations of Americans to form families and thrive will be as challenging a task, if not more challenging,” reported The Daily Caller, which obtained a copy of the report.
“We will need good men with dignified work, stable families, and strong communities to meet the tremendous challenges ahead.”
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