NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “New Jobs for Men”


Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at new jobs for men.  Mike, there has been a dramatic shift in the kinds of jobs created by the economy in the last fifty years.  Both the number and proportion of total jobs in manufacturing have fallen, while the number and proportion of total jobs in the service sector has skyrocketed.  Has this shift created any problems in the labor market?

Mike: Summary Answer

  1. Yes, two big problems
  2. Many of the service jobs pay less than the manufacturing jobs
  3. Also – many men appear to be adverse to considering some service jobs
  4. For example, service jobs in the health sector have been among the fastest growth
  5. Yet studies show many former male factory workers don’t consider them – they think they don’t have people skills, and they don’t consider the jobs traditional male jobs
  6. Further, the factory jobs that are expanding usually require different technical skills
  7. So need outreach to expand job possibilities for these individuals
  8. I’m MW

Mary:  And I’m Mary Walden for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service