Boom Times a Bust: Declining Employment Among Young Less-Educated Men

Publication Date: July 2003

Publisher: Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Vicki Turetsky; Steve Savner; Mark Greenberg; Abbey Frank; Elise Richer

Research Area: Labor

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


During the 1990s, employment rates for less-educated young women rose significantly. Less-educated young men, however, did not experience a similar jump in employment rates. In fact, their employment rates remained stagnant during the decade, failing to return to higher rates of prior years. This report explores why these young men are not in the formal labor market and offers potential policies to raise their employment rates.

A press release is included as a supplementary file.