Following decades of declining job prospects, White men without a college education have seen employment opportunities rise, which has the potential to influence their ballot choices this election cycle.
Since 2016, this group has benefited from positive labor market trends, which continue in many cases despite a deep U.S. economic recession that began in February, William Emmons, assistant vice president and lead economist with the Center for Household Financial Stability at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, told Fox News.
Between 1989 and 2016, the number of White working-class families declined, along with their share of income and wealth. That change was unique among the major socioeconomic groups.
“Going back 30 years, 50 years, especially men, but White people without college degrees were sort of the core—the backbone of the economy,” Emmons said, adding that the demographic more recently became the “definition” of a marginal, vulnerable group as job