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Third Anniversary of the Recovery Shows Job Growth for Women Slowed by Public Sector Job Losses

The deep recession that began in December 2007 and cost nearly 7.5 million jobs was harder on male workers, but the recovery that officially began in June 2009 has been slower for women. After losing ground at the start of the recovery, the pace of the recovery has picked up for women. Three years into the recovery (June 2009 to June 2012), women have gained back 24 percent of the jobs they lost during the recession; men have gained back 39 percent. However, heavy public sector job losses continue to hinder the recovery for both women and men, but especially for women: for every 10 private sector jobs women gained in the first three years of the recovery, they lost more than 4 public sector jobs.



Job Growth Slows for Women and Men in March

According to IWPR analysis of the April employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth slowed in March with 120,000 jobs added to nonfarm payrolls. In March women gained 38,000 jobs (about one-third of all jobs added) and men gained 82,000. Women’s employment growth was aided by strong growth in health care (26,000 jobs added overall) and food service and drinking places (36,900 jobs added overall). The gap between women’s and men’s employment in March is 1.9 million.

The unemployment rates remained largely steady from February to March, declining for women aged 16 and older (to 8.1 percent from 8.2 percent), and unchanged for men (8.3 percent). As of March 12.7 million workers remain unemployed.

(April 2012)


ELECTION 2010: Economic Justice for Women is Integral to Economic Justice for All

By Kate Kahan*

Women’s economic security is critically important to the economic growth of our country. Women play a vital role in America’s changing workforce and improving their lives will benefit everyone.

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Economic Security Summit: How are we Doing?

By Kyla Bender-Baird

The day is finally here! Today is the Economic Security Summit, Reinvesting in Women and Families: Developing an Economy for the Future. The Council has partnered with the New York Women's Foundation, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Women's Funding Network, the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner, and the Silver Century Foundation to bring together experts in research, advocacy, policymaking, media, and philanthropy.

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Ms. Foundation Hosts Successful Capitol Hill Briefing on the Recession

Last week, the Ms. Foundation for Women--in partnership with the Center for Community Change and Lake Research Partners--hosted a successful Capitol Hill briefing, sharing results from their recent poll on the impact of the recession on women.  According to Gail Cohen from the Joint Economic Committee,

only in May did women gain almost the same number of jobs as men -- but only in temporary Census jobs. In the private sector in May, women lost 1000 jobs while men gained 42,000 jobs.

To learn more about the briefing and download results of the poll, visit the Ms. Foundation's blog, Igniting Change.



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Women and the Green Economy

Women, still facing pay inequity, have long looked to nontraditional sectors to steady economic imbalance. Through the creation of new jobs the playing field can be leveled with renewed opportunity to provide jobs with equal access and pay for women.


Race, Gender and the Recession: Job Creation

This report focuses on the impact of the recession on the employment and economic well-being of women and communities of color.


ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT FORUM: Taking the Nation’s Temperature One Year After ARRA’s Passage

By Linda Basch*

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). In its first year, ARRA has provided tax cuts to individuals, fiscal relief to states, and aid to those most directly hurt by the recession. According to the Council of Economic Advisors, the Recovery Act has added around 2.3% to real GDP growth and in August, it added one million jobs that would have been lost without the Recovery Act. That said, the national unemployment rate currently stands at an unacceptable 9.7% (which many experts say is a conservatively low estimate).

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By Alan Jenkins*

At year one, the legacy of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is still unwritten. Most economists agree that the Act has created and saved large numbers of jobs, and helped stave off potentially catastrophic levels of unemployment. Given where our economy was a year ago, that is a huge and important accomplishment.

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