Explores the education and employment outcomes of disconnected, low-income men compared with higher-income men.
As “part of a series on disconnected low-income men, [this brief] explores their education and employment outcomes using data from the American Community Survey (ACS, 2008–10) supplemented by other sources. Low-income men are defined as those age 18 to 44 who live in families with incomes below twice the federal poverty level (FPL) and do not have four-year college degrees” (p.1). The brief compares current data on educational attainment of low-income men without postsecondary degrees with that of higher-income men (income greater than 200 percent above FPL). In addition, this brief provides a short overview of educational disparities for men across the income distribution spectrum. (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Major Findings & Recommendations

• “Low education attainment disadvantages low-income men” (p.1) • “Low-income men are more likely to be unemployed and underemployed ” (p. 2). “Low-income men are more likely than all working-age men to work part year, full time (26 percent versus 16 percent) or full year, part time (11 percent versus 7 percent)” (p.3).” • “Low-income men have less personal income to contribute to their families” (p.3) • “Low-income men are twice as likely as all men to report personal income between $10,000 and $25,000” (p. 3). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)