Women’s Employment Gains Stagnant Between October 2009 and August 2011

Analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) indicates that as of August 2011, the employment gap between women and men in the wake of the economic recession has continued to grow. Data for the analysis is pulled from the Current Employment Statistics Program’s September 2 report.

The following are included among IWPR’s observations and conclusions:

  • In October 2009, employment for men and women reached parity as a result of men’s job loss.
  • In the recovery, however, men’s employment has far outpaced women’s, which has plateaued.
  • According to the CES report, women lost 65,000 jobs in May 2011; 3,000 in June; and 49,000 in July.
  • The nadir of women’s employment, September 2010, occurred more than one year after the recession officially ended.
  • Of the 2.6 million jobs they lost in the recession, women have regained 9.1 percent (237,000). Men, in contrast, have regained 27.6 percent of the 6.1 million jobs they lost since November 2007. Men are recovering at about three times the speed of women, but the jobs recovery is slow for both men and women.
  • The gap between women’s and men’s employment in August was 1.6 million.

Every month the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program, part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, surveys nearly half a million employers to provide employment and earnings data.

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