67% of Men Had Jobs in 2010—a New Low
Overall percentage of working Americans is down to 45.4%
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 14, 2011 1:31 PM CDT
In this April 1, 2011, photo, an unemployed man looks at job listings in Menlo Park, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – A mere 45.4% of Americans were working in 2010, the lowest rate since women started flooding into the workforce in the 1980s, according to a new analysis from USA Today. The figure, down from a peak of 49.3% in 2000, indicates that a combination of a bad economy and an aging population are driving more and more Americans out of the workforce.

While the percentage of women with jobs remained relatively constant, men continued to drop out of the workforce, with only 66.8% holding jobs—the lowest level on record. Another big shift: In 2000, there were roughly as many non-working children as non-working adults. But since then the nation has added 27 million more non-working adults, and only 3 million children under 18.

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smartin007
Apr 15, 2011 11:06 AM CDT
45% work so that means 55% of Americans don't work? Hmmm didn't know that.
SteveLee
Apr 15, 2011 9:51 AM CDT
The "Employed American Men" precentage is thanks to a Republican Big Idea in the early 1990's, the North American "Free Trade" Agreement that was supposed to "create millions of high-paying export jobs" but resulted in millions of Americans' jobs being exported to Mexico and is still occuring today: http://redwriteblue.blog.com/2011/02/17/polaris-snowmobile-heads-south/ Now America's "growth industry" is political campaigns: http://redwriteblue.over-blog.com/pages/Politics_Becoming_Big_Business--4986742.html
DieselDaWg
Apr 15, 2011 2:06 AM CDT
How many more times can the media and the administration via proxy be suprised with unexpected news. Hell, everytime one of these stories come out the American taxpayer has a more realistic expectation of the economy...they are actually LIVING in it. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "Surprise, Suprise, Surpise" Gomer Pyle, 1965 First-time claims from unemployment benefits in the U.S. unexpectedly showed a notable increase in the week ended April 9th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday, with the data likely to lead to renewed concerns about the outlook for the labor market. http://www.rttnews.com/Content/USEconomicNews.aspx?Node=B2&Id=1598098