Will a man-covery get us out of this man-cession?


If there's a solution to the man-cession, where more men are losing jobs than women, it's simple enough -- bring back trade schools.

While the federal government may be trying to do all it can to get people back to work with road-construction jobs, a better tack may be to give more men long-term job help by giving them free training in auto repair, plumbing, construction, manufacturing and other areas where men traditionally dominate but are losing jobs.

The unemployment rate for men 20 and older in July was 9.8%, or 2.3 percentage points more than the 7.5% rate for women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's a big gap. It matches the male-female jobless rate gap in May. It's the largest gap since the BLS started keeping such statistics in 1948.

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