Our analysis of today’s jobs data shows that while our economy has seen some growth during the recovery, women have been excluded from any of the gains. In fact, while men suffered about 70 percent of the job losses in the recession, they have seen all of the job gains since the recovery started. Between June 2009 and June 2011, women have actually lost 281,000 jobs while men have gained 805,000. That’s a staggering gap of nearly 1.1 million jobs.

Since the recovery started, men have recouped 15 percent of the jobs they lost during the recession while women lost an additional 13 percent of the jobs they lost during the recession. Heavy losses in the public sector disproportionately hit women and contributed to their dismal employment situation. Since the recovery started in June 2009, women lost 343,000 public sector jobs while men lost less than half that (losing 150,000 jobs). Private sector gains provided little relief to women, as they accounted for just six percent of the more than one million jobs added since June 2009.

Graph: Job change two years into the recovery

Additionally, our sector-by-sector analysis shows that in the recovery women are faring worse than men in virtually every job category by: losing jobs where men gained; losing more jobs than men lost; or gaining a relatively small number of jobs as compared to men.

Here are a few examples:

  • In retail trade, a sector that is 51 percent women, women lost 168,800 jobs, almost as many jobs as men gained (172,800).
  • In the information sector, a sector that is 42 percent women, women lost 79,000 jobs, more than twice as many as the 30,000 jobs men lost.
  • In the leisure and hospitality sector, a sector that is 52 percent women, men gained 20 times as many jobs as women (120,000 vs. 6,000).

The lack of a recovery for women clearly shows that policymakers should spend their time creating jobs and not creating deficit reduction plans that cut programs essential to women and their families.