Public-sector losses cut into women’s post-recession job gains
Women are making a stronger employment recovery from the Great Recession than men. But public sector job losses are eating away at a large chunk of those gains.
The recession, which began in December 2007 and officially ended in June 2009, brought the loss of nearly 7.5 million jobs in America. Between the end of the recession and 2013, more than 5.3 million jobs were created. A recent study from the National Women’s Law Center found that women have regained 89.5 percent of the jobs lost in the recession and men have regained 64.1 percent.
The unemployment rate for women decreased from 7.6 percent to 6.8 percent in June, and the rate for men fell from 9.9 percent to 7.0 percent.
But the study also found that job losses in the public sector have canceled out almost 19 percent of women’s private sector job growth because the public sector job losses disproportionately affected women. Since the start of the recession recovery, women lost 444,000 public sector jobs and men lost just 290,000.