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Labor Day is much more than the official end of summer and the marker of a three-day weekend. It was founded as — and remains — an opportunity to thank workers for their contributions to our country. It is also an opportunity to take stock of how they are doing.
This week, my office will publish a report on one group of workers in particular: American men. The report, titled “The State of the Working (And Non-Working) Man,” details the problems men face in their vital role as providers.
Unfortunately, the evidence is clear that working-aged men are not doing well at all. Across the board, they are suffering a generational decline in quality jobs and falling out of the labor force in staggering numbers. These problems have grim consequences, not just for men, but for women, children and our nation as a whole.
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 and participation in the