The Wall Street Journal: Women Pick Up The Pace On Jobs Gains
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Here is what passes for good news about the U.S. employment market today: Women, who lost fewer jobs during the recession than men but have been slower at finding work during the recovery, are finally picking up the pace. They still lag behind men, but in the recovery’s third year, women have finally begun to narrow the employment gap. Women are gaining more jobs—as well as losing fewer—than they did when the recession ended in mid-2009.
That’s according to a study out Monday from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a Washington think tank. The report, which is based on IWPR’s analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, finds that men—many of whom were idled during or after the 2007-2009 downturn when the housing bust wiped out construction and manufacturing jobs—are gravitating to sectors once dominated by women.
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