The Mandemic: Fewer Male College Graduates and the Labor Shortage

Covid has sidelined many workers, contributing to a labor shortage that shows few signs of abating. Adding to the woes of the labor market are the declining numbers of men now attending and graduating from college. A headline in the Wall Street Journal summed it up — ‘A Generation of American Men Give Up on College.’

Enrollment in college has been steadily declining; since 2011, it has fallen over 14%. Colleges and universities in the United States now have 1.5 million fewer students than there

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