Research suggests working-class job instability is leading to decrease in marriage and families
We often talk about the effects that mass manufacturing job losses have had on the U.S. economy. But what about the effects those losses have had on American families ... or lack thereof?
Researchers from Harvard and the University of Virginia presented findings, at the American Sociological Association's conference this week, that suggest fewer working-class Americans, without college degrees, are getting married, staying in marriages, and having families.
Chad Brooks at Business News Daily reports:
'Working-class people with insecure work and few resources, little stability and no ability to plan for a foreseeable future become concerned with their own survival and often become unable to imagine being able to provide materially and emotionally for others,' said Sarah Corse, an associate professor at the University of Virginia and the study's lead author. 'Insecure work changes people's nonwork (sic) lives.'
So what about their college-educated, middle-class peers? The researchers found that the resources available to college-educated individuals helped increase their resiliency and prepared them for potential family lives down the road.
Now, you may be asking how an increase in manufacturing jobs can help non-degree holding individuals find the kind of work and stability necessary to plan for a family.
The answer comes in the Business News Daily story:
Corse and Silva said that the jobs available to those without a college degree are trending toward service-sector jobs, many of which are short-term and/or part-time positions that often lack benefits.
As the Alliance for American Manufacturing has pointed out time and again, manufacturing jobs support a prosperous middle-class. They provide a good living-wage and benefits.
Learn more about how the United States can grow manufacturing jobs.
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