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If you’re 18 to 34, are you still living with your parents? If you’re the parent of an 18 to 34-year-old, is your kid still living at home? In either case, you’re hardly alone.

In fact, a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data shows that for the first time in more than 130 years, adults ages 18 to 34 are more likely to be living in their parents’ home than to be living with a spouse or partner in their own household. In 1960, 62 percent of the America’s 18- to 34-year-olds were living with a spouse or partner in their own household, and one-in-five were living with their parents. Nowadays, only 31.6 percent of young adults are living with a spouse or partner in their own household, and 32. 1 percent are living in the home of their parent(s).

Chalk it up to low wages and fewer jobs. Employment among young men has fallen significantly in recent decades. The share of young men with jobs peaked around 1960 at 84%. In 2014, only 71% of 18- to 34-year-old men were employed. And young men’s wages (after adjusting for inflation) have been on a downward trajectory since 1970 and fell significantly from 2000 to 2010. Although young women have had increasing success in the paid labor market since 1960, the trend toward delayed marriage— itself related to fewer and worse jobs for men — explains why more young women are living with their parents.

Those of you who have seen our movie "Inequality for All" will recognize the shape of the graphs, below. They track what’s happened to inequality over the last 80 years — with America becoming more equal in the 1950s and 1960s, and then plunging toward ever-widening inequality over the last 3 decades.

Fewer jobs and lower wages for young men spells trouble – not only for them, but for our social fabric. It fosters anger and frustration, and fuels the appeal of demagogues like Trump.

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