Male unemployment

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Unemployed men queuing for work at a labour exchange.

Male unemployment is unemployment, being out of work and actively seeking to work, among men.

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.[1][2] Three quarters of the jobs lost in the recession in the U.S. were held by men.[3][4]

Effects of unemployment on men[edit]

Unemployment has been linked to extremely adverse effects on men's mental health.[5]

Male educational underachievement[edit]

In the US, only 100 men for every 135 women are receiving bachelor's degrees because of the feminization of the education system over the last 20 years.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Baxter, Sarah (June 7, 2009), "Women are victors in 'mancession'", The Sunday Times, London, retrieved May 12, 2010 
  2. ^ Howard J. Wall (October 2009), The 'Man-Cession' of 2008-2009, Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis 
  3. ^ Daum, Meghan (October 20, 2011), Inside the mating economy, Los Angeles Times 
  4. ^ Vanderkam, Laura (March 4, 2012), The Princess Problem, originally ran in USA Today on August 12, 2009 
  5. ^ Facing the Challenge: The Impact of Recession and Unemployment on Men's Health in Ireland (PDF), Institute of Public Health in Ireland, June 2011 
  6. ^ Mulvey, Janet. "Feminization of Schools". Retrieved 1 January 2016.