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More Americans Need to Work, and to Marry

May 25 (Bloomberg) -- America has long channeled the spirit of its industrious, fertile Pilgrim forebears by working long hours and having many children. Yet since 2006, the number of adult Americans who have never married has risen by more than 5 million. And since 2007, the number of employed Americans has fallen by 7 million. Is the economic slump turning America into Europe?

There are many things to love about Western Europe -- great paintings, good primary schools, excellent soup -- but consistent high unemployment and low fertility rates aren’t among them.