In December 2019, women made up a majority, albeit slight, of the workforce. At the end of last year, 50.4% of U.S. jobs were held by women.
But, as with so many other aspects of employment, COVID-19 has had an impact. More women than men have been affected by job losses related to the business shutdown or what economists are now referring to as the current recession.
The New York Times reports that during the last recession, most of the job losses were in manufacturing, construction, and finance, male-dominated industries, and consequently more men lost their jobs.
Now vs. then
This time, though, women have shouldered more job losses.
Women accounted for 55% of all jobs lost in April. The unemployment rate in April for adult women was 15%, up from 3.1% in February. The unemployment rate for men for April was 13%.
The last recession was dubbed a “mancession” by The Atlantic in 2009, because of its impact on men; over a two-year period, from 2007 to 2009, 80% of the job losses were among men.
Now, the Times quotes C. Nicole Mason, president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research: “I think we should
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