While the economy has replaced the jobs lost in the recession, not all members of society have reaped the benefits. According to Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), American men are still 582,000 jobs shy of their pre-recession employment peak.
IWPR said that American women recovered their pre-recession peak employment numbers by September of last year, but men have yet to catch up. Worse, they are continuing to fall behind:
Of the 288,000 jobs gained during June of this year, women gained 158,000 jobs, while men only gained 130,000.
IWPR – citing survey data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics – said that among workers aged 16 and older, 5.9% of women were unemployed in June. For men, the unemployment rate was 6.3%.
While continued strong employment growth should “lift all boats” it is disturbing to see this gender discrepancy in the distribution of jobs. Ideally, no one should be left behind, but clearly some are, and they are disproportionately men.
Work needs to be done to understand why this is, and what can be done about it.
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