And that is where the great sex divide becomes apparent. According to Michael Thurmond, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor, men only make up 37% of the people in the labor department's training programs, only 37% of the students in the technical college programs and only 43% of the student populations at the two year and four year college and universities in the state. I think I would be safe in extrapolating those number to the nation as a whole.
So why do we have this great divide in the sexes? Here is my take:
- Men view themselves as being more self-reliant. "Cowboy" mentality. We don't need to ask for directions, we don't need to read directions, and we don't need to go to the doctor. Therefore, why should I need any help in finding a job.
- Women generally have a greater "support" group system in their lifes and as a result are more accepting of receiving help and are more likely to seek it out.
- Men tend to be more stubborn, or "pig-headed" if you will. I think men are more subject to the "inertia" of doing nothing. Hard to get back to doing something once you have been doing nothing.
Well I could play amateur psychologist for awhile, but I would rather ask you. Why is there such a divide between the sexes in unemployment and retraining?
Note: Inspiration for this post came from Henry Ungar's blog in the AJC entitled Wanted: Ideas to create more jobs in Georgia