By: Abby Lane, FellowPosted on July 10, 2013 Issues: Economic Justice

Amid BBQs and Independence Day celebrations, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the monthly jobs data for June last Friday. With these new data, we can now see how the economy is doing four years since the recovery started in June 2009. Today, NWLC released a new report on how women are faring.

So what’s the main take away? Women have made much better job gains in the recovery over the past couple of years, but there is a still a long way to go to a full recovery.

Our new report gives you all the details on the numbers, but here are a few key points:

  • Unemployment rates have declined for adult women and dramatically for adult men since the start of the recovery: from 7.6 percent in June 2009 to 6.8 percent in June 2013 for adult women and from 9.9 percent in June 2009 to 7.0 percent in June 2013 for adult men. However, unemployment rates for both adult women and men in June 2013 were still more than one and a half times higher than in December 2007.
    Unemployment Rates for Women and Men, Recession and Recovery
  • Unemployment rates have declined for most subgroups of women since the start of the recovery, but not for adult African-American women, whose unemployment rate last month remained just above the level at the start of the recovery. While it’s welcome news that unemployment rates for some vulnerable groups are falling, rates still remain high. For example, the unemployment rate for single mothers (10.7 percent in June 2013, down from 11.7 percent in June 2009) was still 1.6 times as high as it was when the recession began in December 2007, when it was 6.9 percent.
  • One of the other continuing problems related to this recession and slow recovery is long-term unemployment rates – or the share of jobless workers who are still looking for work after six months of searching. Long-term unemployment rates for adult women (37.2 percent) and men (39.5 percent) were still much higher in June 2013 than at the start of the recovery. Plus, these rates are still twice as high as at the start of the recession.
    Share of Jobless Adult Workers Unemployed for More Than Six Months, Recession and Recovery
  • One of the key components of the recovery isn’t just how many jobs we add each month (although that is vital), but what types of jobs we are adding to the economy. Since the beginning of the recovery in June 2009, job growth in three traditionally low-wage sectors (retail trade, leisure and hospitality, and temporary help services), have accounted for half of total net job growth, although they account for less than one-quarter of the jobs in the economy. (For a full breakdown on many jobs women are gaining or losing by sectors, check out our report.)

Taking all of the new data we gathered this month together, we see that we still have a long way to go until the economy is back in a good place. Unemployment rates are falling, but remain high, especially for some groups of women and men. Jobs are being added to the economy, but many are low-wage and public sector job losses continue to hamper a quicker recovery. The analysis in the report shows that we need lawmakers to act to speed up the recovery. We must stop sequestration and other austerity measures and start investing in job creation and our future.

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