If You're An Unemployed European Man, Become A Woman

While the focus of most of the dreadful employment data in Europe is on the surging youth joblessness, there is another growing shift. The jobless crisis is affecting men more than women, according to the EU labor force survey. As Bloomberg's Niraj Shah notes, the employment rate for men fell 0.3 percentage point to 69.8 percent in 2012, while rising 0.1 percentage point for women to 58.6 percent. What is perhaps even more concerning is the growing divergence between employment rates across the union (remembering all these nations are driven by the same monetary policy) from Holland's 75.1% employment rate to only 51.3% of employable citizens working in Greece. It is perhaps no wonder that Germany is having second thoughts over aiding the 'fourth world' nation.