“Forgive me if I’m wrong, dude, but now that you’re getting towards your 30s didn’t you feel like you had to go out and get your disability because it’s just a losing battle every day?” Hawes prodded Twitch on Feb. 23 while the two were waiting for a friend at the Bangor Public Library.
The Bangor Daily News recently published a long essay called “Thousands of Maine men are missing from the workforce, and no one really knows why” which highlights many of the social and economic issues facing Maine, especially for working age men. The essay provides real personal stories of men looking for meaningful jobs. I credit the Bangor Daily News for diving into this serious issue.
According to the Maine Department of Labor, some 15 percent of Maine men ages 25 to 54 find themselves out of the workforce. In 2015 that represented about 37,000 Maine men in their prime who were not officially working or looking for work. While some of these men may be working off the books or on occasional seasonal gigs, many of them are idle.
Here’s a couple of takeaways I had from this essay:
Click here to read the full Bangor Daily News article.
- Joe Turcotte
Maine GOP Political Director