Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Smaller Government = Fewer Jobs for Women

LibraryAs Republicans continue to call for smaller government, Sarah Damaske explains at Psychology Today that the labor-market effect of any such downsizing will be felt primarily by women:

Although men were more likely than women to lose jobs during the Great Recession, nearly three years later, women continue to be recovering jobs at a slower pace. Analysis released this month by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research shows that women have recovered approximately 40 percent of jobs lost from 2007-2010, while men have recovered approximately 46 percent of jobs lost during that period. The primary explanation behind this deficit: public sector job loss.

Women are more likely than men to be employed in the public sector—in jobs such as teachers, librarians, and municipal workers—and the public sector has steadily lost jobs since the official end of the recession three years ago. In fact, the National Women’s Law Center released a report this month found that for women, for every 10 jobs added by the private sector, 4 jobs have been lost in the public sector. Men, on the other hand, have lost only 1 job in the public sector for every 10 jobs added by the private sector.



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These numbers are certainly intriguing as well as disheartening. Political preferences aside, hopefully this downward trend of women in the public sector does not continue. The correlation has been addressed, however, it would be interesting to see more data on the causation. -JMM

Posted by: Blogging4Jobs | Jul 20, 2012 11:35:31 AM

Reminds me of the old faux WaPo headline: "World Ending: Minorities and Women Expected to be Hit Hardest."

Posted by: James Young | Jul 20, 2012 6:51:02 PM

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