Male unemployment is unemployment among men. The cultural change theory has been put forward to explain its occurrence.
The 2008–2012 global recession has been called a "mancession" because of the disproportionate number of men who lost their jobs as compared to women. This gender gap became wide in the United States in 2009, when 10.5% of men in the labor force were unemployed, compared with 8% of women. Three quarters of the jobs lost in the recession in the U.S. were held by men.
In the U.S., only 100 men for every 135 women are receiving bachelor's degrees, a gap which is expected to continue widening in the future. However, the reference for this statistic is unavailable.