Survey says …

In recently released research, the Brookings Institution shows the unemployment rate is startlingly high among low-income men.

According to the research, reported on, men between 25 and 54 years of age and earning about $12 per hour comprise 69 percent of the workforce. In contrast, in 1980, this same group had an employment rate of 80 percent.

The Brookings Institution provided a variety of reasons for the decrease in employment among low-income men (the study excluded individuals who qualify for federal disability programs).

According to Isabel Sawhill, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, current available jobs require more education and skills than these men typically have, many of whom are black and/or Hispanic without college degrees.