The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data showed 372,000 jobs were added to the economy in June, 308,000 (82.8%) of which were women’s jobs. This marks 18 consecutive months of job growth for women but still leaves women down a net 395,000 jobs since February 2020. Women’s jobs make up 75.4% of the 524,000 net jobs lost in the pandemic.
170,000 women ages 20 and over left the labor force last month, meaning they are now neither working nor looking for work. Women’s labor force participation rate is now 58.1%. This is more than one percentage point below women’s pre-pandemic rate of 59.3%, with 826,000 fewer women in the labor force in June 2022 than in February 2020. While 209,000 men ages 20 and over also left the labor force last month, women still make up all net labor force leavers since February 2020.
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