A close analysis of the statistics surrounding unemployment and the current recession reveals a disturbing trend. Although the unemployment rate dropped significantly in March, analysts are claiming that the numbers may be distorted because of the number of men who are no longer counted as unemployed. These men are among a growing group of workers who simply fall off the radar, often because they become discouraged and disengaged from the job hunt process.? Historically, the percentage of employed men has declined steadily since the 1950s, from nearly 85% to 65%.? The consequences of this have a long-lasting effect on both an individual and societal level.
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