I’ll assume that most have seen the recent articles about the increasing portion of never married adults. But, deeper in the study I found this:
Among never-married adults ages 25 to 34, the number of employed men per 100 women dropped from 139 in 1960 to 91 in 2012, despite the fact that men in this age group outnumber young women in absolute numbers. In other words, if all never-married young women in 2012 wanted to find a young employed man who had also never been married, 9% of them would fail, simply because there are not enough men in the target group. Five decades ago, never-married young women had a much larger pool of potential spouses from which to choose.
Since many women make a stable job a requirement for marriage, does this mean that this prolonged economic downturn is leading to lower marriage rates? Are we reaching the point where men no longer “compete” for women, but vice versa?