Women and the Economy

No Economic Recovery for Women

The official end of the Great Recession was marked by economists in June 2009 but more than twenty-four months later there has been little improvement in the jobs picture.  For women, new research shows this is particularly true.

From the start of the official recovery through May 2011, women lost 218,000 jobs while men gained 768,000.  For the first time in a recovery since 1970, women have lost jobs while men found them.  In North Carolina, a rough analysis of available annual data on employment levels for women and men show a similar picture to the nation.  The recovery period has resulted in continued loss in employment for women (1,000) on net and employment gains for men on net (13,000) from 2009 to 2010.

The loss of employment for women during the recovery is largely driven by declines in government jobs particularly at the local level. Over the official recovery period, women have lost more than twice as many government jobs than men
nationally.

The gender gap in employment growth represents a disturbing trend that, if continued, can alter the employment opportunities for women in the future and erase gains made over decades.

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