The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) monthly jobs report shows that the economy added back only 245,000 jobs in November, marking the smallest monthly increase since jobs started being added back to the economy in May 2020. Despite these gains, more than 2 in 5 (44.4%) of the over 22.1 million jobs lost in March and April due to the COVID-19 crisis have not returned. Women gained 68.6% of the jobs added to the economy in November, while making up about half (49.8%) of the workforce, but still have lost a net 5.3 million jobs since February. In November, 10,000 women ages 20 and over left the labor force (meaning they are neither working nor looking for work), and there were nearly 2.2 million fewer women in the labor force in November than there were in February, before the pandemic.

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