"Working class white men make less than they did in 1996"http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/05/news/economy/working-class-men-income/index.html
Meanwhile, college educated white men saw their income soar nearly 23% over the same period, from $77,209 to $94,601.
Published by two former Census Bureau officials, the Sentier report shines yet another light on the fortunes of the white working class. This group has become a force in the 2016 presidential election, serving as the backbone of Donald Trump's support. And the Republican candidate's campaign has tailored much of his campaign to the working class, with promises that he will bring back the manufacturing jobs that once allowed them to support their families.
There has been quite a bit of automation in the last 20 years.
Whether or not you're working class is going to be closely tied to your income. So this sounds like it could very easily not actually mean what it sounds like it means.
The median earnings of all men with less than a high school education have declined by 66 percent. - page 13
and males are cheerfully taking on menial, low paying jobs, rather than striving for degrees and genuine careers.
And no, I don't teach child and family studies.
From men feeling inferior to women because women are taking the higher paying jobs, to a feeling of inequality in the home, to the generational effect it has on kids, and to the economic effect it has across the nation. It's no shock that the big tech companies are importing well qualified workers.
The problem could be approached, as Obama and Clinton have said, with (much) more subsidies for higher education, to begin with.
Our community college district is attempting to address the issue by instituting male mentor-ship programs, and other such outreach programs.
One of the issues has been the (seeming) reluctance college men have had to taking advantage of these initiatives.
Very few men end up participating.
Another observation I have had is that the women in my courses generally outperform the men by large margins. So not only are fewer men going to college, but the ones that do *generally* underperform compared to women.
Believe me, we are concerned and attempting to analyze this problem, but so far we (the college) has not found definitive answers nor a "fix".
On a personal level, I am available to my students via email virtually 24/7, and beyond my required office hours I also offer special tutoring sessions, and many additional office hours besides. So far, in the several years I have offered these additional options ONLY WOMEN have ever shown up for the extra help.
In the 1970's men were overrepresented in college and primary education was reformed to remedy this imbalance.
My personal belief is that attempts to intervene by college faculty are far too late.
But, we are obligated to do whatever we can.
Community colleges, in spite of all the jokes made about us, take our mission to make higher education accessible to as many as possible, very seriously.
Men are eschewing the cultural expectation of college-career-family and the unrelenting debt and stress that surrounds that lifestyle.
They avoid the mortgage-like debt of college, work a low-stress job that pays the rent, remain single, childless and solvent. I think a lot of guys are seeing that there is a better way than the path society has laid out for us.
This topic was discussed extensively on Reddit last week, and several commentators made a very good point. The analysis draws the line between "working class" and "middle class" jobs along the "job requires a college degree" line. That's a questionable way to do the study, because there has been a tremendous amount of degree creep nationwide over the past 20 years. Skilled but degree-less jobs that filled out the upper end of the working class employment spectrum in 1996 overwhelmingly require a college degree today. It's very common for supervisory level jobs in the skilled trades, and often labor level positions in the trades, to have degree requirements for new hires.
By using a college degree as the defining line between the classes, the study shifted many higher paying 1996 working class jobs into the 2016 middle class column. It can be the same job, with the same payscale and same skillset, but the addition of a degree requirement shifts it to a higher class. By reclassifying many of the higher paying working class jobs this way, the working class average shifts downward even if NO real changes to compensation occurred.
I'm not saying that the pay decline isn't real (it is VERY real), but their methodology may be masking the real numbers.
... something to lose in the first place.
According to this new analysis, those who view Trump favorably have not been disproportionately affected by foreign trade or immigration, compared with people with unfavorable views of the Republican presidential nominee. The results suggest that his supporters, on average, do not have lower incomes than other Americans, nor are they more likely to be unemployed.
Among people who had similar educations, lived in similar places, belonged to the same religion and so on, those with greater incomes were modestly more likely to favor Trump. They were just as likely to be either working or looking for work as others.
In one respect, that conclusion was expected. White households tend be more affluent than other households, and Trump's supporters are overwhelmingly white. The same is true of Republicans in general. Yet when Rothwell focused only on white Republicans, he also found that demographically similar respondents who were more affluent viewed Trump more favorably.
These results suggest that personal finances cannot alone account for Trump's appeal. His popularity with less-educated men is probably due to some other trait that these supporters share.
and incapable of forming a complete, coherent sentence.
Less because of increased competition for fewer jobs, less because of wages not keeping up with inflation? I have questions...
Contrast the above graph with those of women
Notice that since 2008, both lines have trended down.
Decreasing employment among men has created the environment in which unions can't compete - there's always someone out there desperate enough to be willing to be a scab.
Republicans thrive when people are afraid and insecure. Working class men are not at all secure.
"Working class men are not at all secure..."
More accurately, working class people are not all secure... regardless of whether that strokes the appropriate narrative or not.
We never keep up with the cost of living. Just the c-class.
on the "liberals". Somehow, they've decided that it's the Democrats fault that good union jobs that you could get with a high school education have moved overseas. They don't blame the businesses that chose profits over jobs or people like Trump who gladly make their products overseas and buy steel from China.
That was the core reason for my support of Sanders - economic populism. Show people who really is screwing them.
Failing that, the guilty will step up to pin the blame on others.
The wgole "Make America Great Again" is just code for "Make America White Again". The good old days when you could get a decent job just because you were white and male. You didn't have to worry about competition from blacks or Latinos and certainly not from women!
Wage is around $2 more this year and others went up some.Close to $60.00 an hour in the Ironworkers Union.
Hope it last another 22 years when my kid can retire.Its a few bucks more than I made in '94,should be more.
$32.36 - wage
$9.10 - welfare (insurance)
$10.37 - pension
$4.25 - annuity
$0.35 - apprentice training