Unemployment Falls Fast In US If Men Get College Degree
After serving time in a Virginia prison following convictions on gun and drug-possession charges, Sean Collins-Harris decided he would fight the odds against his ever returning to white-collar work with the only tool he had: education. "I refused to believe that I was going to be confined to a blue-collar world," said Collins-Harris, 28. Today, Collins-Harris has a master's degree and works for a property-management company in Virginia Beach. It took going to prison where he says he buffed floors for 27 cents an hour for Collins-Harris to understand what so many young American men don't. "It is terrific that women are getting higher levels of education," said David Autor, professor of economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. "The problem is that males are not."
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