Why the Recovery Is Favoring Women

Why the Recovery Is Favoring Women

As the economy nears recovery, one gender is gaining back more ground than another.

Women have recouped all their job losses since the recession—and then some. Their male counterparts however, are lagging behind.

According to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women hold about 0.1% more positions in the private sector than they did when employment peaked in January 2008. Yet male employment is still stubbornly behind, at about 2.8% below that 2008 peak.


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It’s not about any kind of preference for female employees, The New York Times reports. In fact, the share of women in most fields is actually less than it was before the Great Recession.

But what has happened is that the fields dominated by women have outpaced the overall economy’s growth. For example, in health care professions, about 80% of employees are women. Instead of declining, the health care industry actually gained ground during the recession. With such a major hold on health care, women snagged more than twice as many new jobs as men.

On the other hand, traditionally male industries were crushed during the recession. Nearly 20% of all jobs lost were in construction, and male-dominated manufacturing also took a hit. In these fields, there's still some catching up to do.

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