Our analysis of today’s jobs data continues to show inequitable job gains between men and women over the course of the recovery, although the pace of job growth for women did pick up last month.
As we continue to report, the data show that men lost 7 out of every 10 jobs lost over the course of the recession (December 2007 – June 2009), or as many have come to call it, the “Mancession.” As such, we would expect men to gain more jobs as the economy recovers. But since the official start of the recovery in July 2009, all of the new job growth has gone to men while women actually lost jobs. You might call it a “Hecovery.”
Female workers suffered 30 percent of the job loss over the recession. But they haven’t regained 3 out of 10 jobs added to the economy in the recovery. In fact, while men have gained 622,000 jobs since the start of the recovery (July 2009 – present), women have actually lost 300,000 jobs. That’s a staggering 922,000 jobs gap.
February is one of the few months in the recovery that have shown a proportionate number of job gains going to women. Of the 192,000 jobs added to the economy last month, women gained 55,000, or 28.6 percent. But though this is good news, at this rate it will take nearly six months before women have gained a single net job since the recovery started.
Additionally, the men’s unemployment rate edged down a bit in February, while the women’s rate increased slightly. This is a continuing trend from the recovery as a whole, where men’s unemployment rate dropped by more than a percentage point since the recovery began (from 9.8 percent in July 2009 to 8.7 percent in February 2011), while women’s unemployment rate increased (from 7.7 percent in July 2009 to 8.0 percent in February 2011). Moreover, unemployment among single mothers increased last month, rising from 12.7 percent in January to 13.0 percent in February.
Millions of women and families continue to struggle, and recovery is still far off. Yet the House has passed devastating cuts to services that will eliminate jobs, stifle growth, and harm women and their families.