There is no way to sugarcoat it: the situation here is basically a disaster

by Ryan Streeter on July 18, 2013. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

So says AEI’s Nick Eberstadt, in this well-worth-the-read post on employment in America today. He notes that if the employment ratio today were the same as it was in 2000, 15 million more Americans would be working.

A huge part of the problem is the drop in work among working age men. This infographic sums up the problem:

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