The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data showed 528,000 jobs were added to the economy in July, 327,000 (61.9%) of which were women’s jobs. This marks 19 consecutive months of job growth for women but still leaves them down a net 100,000 jobs since February 2020. Meanwhile men have recovered all their net job losses and now hold 132,000 more jobs in July 2022 than in February 2020.
247,000 women ages 20 and over joined the labor force last month, meaning they are now either working or looking for work. Women’s labor force participation rate is now 58.3%. This is one percentage point below women’s pre-pandemic rate of 59.3%, with 579,000 fewer women in the labor force in July 2022 than in February 2020. While 183,000 men ages 20 and over left the labor force last month, women still make up 88.4% of net labor force leavers since February 2020.