Why American Men Choose Not to Work

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Probably since time immemorial, each generation has thought the next one lacked industriousness. But for the last half-century, this belief has been true of American men. Even as the economy has grown, a rising share of prime-age males have opted out of work.

Men Without Work: America’s Invisible Crisis, a brief book by Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute, drives this point home forcefully, drawing on an impressive array of data to explain what’s happening and why.

The chart that forms the core of Eberstadt’s case depicts the percentage of men age 25-54 who do not have a job.

Wendy’s to Use More Self-Serve Kiosks at Restaurants

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Fast-food chain Wendy’s has said that they will be introducing more self-serve kiosks at their restaurants due to minimum wage hikes and the need to offer higher wages to get better employees, leading to higher costs on the restaurants for staffing.

93,482,000 Americans Not in Labor Force While Participation Rate Improves in March

Veterans wait in line at a job fair / AP

There were 93,482,000 Americans not participating in the labor force in March, a decline of 206,000 individuals from the previous month, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday. Those not in the labor force represent individuals who do not have a job and did not actively seek one in the past four weeks.