Economics & Economy

Men are still trickling out of the labor force

Jun 21, 2016
Lane Wallace

Working-age men continue to trickle out of the workforce and not come back, an issue reinforce in a White House report out this week that also proposes policy solutions.

The people labor economists refer to as prime working-age men, age 25-54, aren’t participating in the labor force the way they used to. Somewhere between 11 and 12 percent of them are not looking for jobs, and not even counted in unemployment rates.

Marketplace for Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Jun 21, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

New data shows a decline in labor force participation by men in America; how the London business community is preparing for the possible British exit from the European Union; and the latest installment of Corner Office with EA CEO Andrew Wilson 

Kai Ryssdal

For a lot of people, summertime means being outdoors, playing sports, joining leagues and playing competitively. But for a lot of women, the options are scarce. Softball, especially fast-pitch softball, is considered mostly a women's game in the 21st century – but that wasn’t always the case.

Softball became hugely popular in the 1940s and 1950s, when professional company-sponsored women's teams toured the country and played competitively.

Electronic Arts or EA is the company behind video games such as FIFA, Madden, and Battlefield. Its CEO, Andrew Wilson, talks to Marketplace host, Kai Ryssdal, about e-sports, the multi-screen nature of gaming, and using fans to test games before they're released.



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A Puma jersey disaster

Jun 21, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about a jersey debacle in a European football match; CarMax's success, despite worse-than-expected earnings; and the ways money in politics can influence Americans' everyday lives .