“They’re not spending any more time on child care, not spending any more time on chores. They are spending a lot more time watching TV than men who are in the labor force,” says Jason Furman, chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers.
White House economist Jason Furman talks with David Wessel of The Brookings Institution about why so many men in the prime working ages of 25 to 54 are neither working or looking for work.
Furman doesn't come out and say it but he is implying that the minimum wage is keeping these low-skilled men of prime age from getting jobs.
Wackily, Wessel, the interviewer, and Furman actually take the opposite position and claim that these unskilled workers, who are not employable at the current minimum wage, would become more employable if the minimum wage was raised even higher. Go figure/