The Unemployment Gender Gap

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Does unemployment affect males and females differently? The economic downturn has been called a "mancession." Are we now in the midst of a "he-covery?" According to the Pew Research Center, men lost more than twice as many jobs than women during the Great Recession, but the recovery has reversed that trend. Between June 2009 and May 2011, men gained jobs while women continued to lose them. What accounts for the unemployment gender gap, and will the trend continue?

Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project, tells us how women have been affected by public sector cuts and private sector lay-offs. Judy Loux was recently laid off from her administrative position at a bank in Wilmington, Delaware. Of the 14 employees laid off at her company only one was a man.


Judy Loux and Christine Owens

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]

Peg from Southern Tier NY

We don't just need JOBS; we need work that pays a LIVING WAGE. Private sector employers do not necessarily pay a living wage or offer benefits. Americans have been used to having jobs that pay for their living expenses and in the US that is a high figure - somewhere at $20 per hour and 40 hours per week at the least. These types of jobs are not the type that private industry creates. And the minimum wage is another tax break for the rich, since we have to supplement minimum wage salaries with state and federal benefits for food, energy and health care for the working poor.

The Bush tax cuts for the wealthy were supposed to create jobs - but they are actually responsible for job and income loss for middle and lower income Americans. It's time to free up some of their excess money by taxing them and using it for real job creation in America.

Aug. 04 2011 08:41 AM

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