Derek Thompson floats the theory that the low rates of male employment is due to the huge decline in construction and manufacturing jobs. At the same time we see a rise in traditionally female jobs like health care aide, medical secretary...
He says that the US may need a huge construction project to get these men employed again.
While that may be an okay idea, I think that there is a bigger change that needs to be made in men as well. They need change their view on "female" jobs. Men need to get over themselves and their views on toxic masculinity. Men are far to likely to exclude huge swaths of life as acceptable to them because it's "feminine".
When I read Boys & Sex there was a long discussion about male's and how they try to show their prowess by talk that amounts to horrible treatment of women. They also take it further to treat any man that exhibits feminine traits (as determined by the world of manhood) as a traitor to other men.
More than construction jobs, men need to change and kill their terrible views on associating with things that are feminine.