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Women See Small Gains in Economic Recovery

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Fri Jul 15 2011

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WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The tsunami of the Great Recession swept over the United States taking away jobs and economic security for many. The wave hit men before women and men lost more jobs than women over a longer period, according to new research from the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) released today. Overall the recovery is lagging. The latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that while men have gained slightly more jobs-even relative to the number they lost-women are still dragging along the bottom.

According to IWPR's analysis of data from BLS, women lost 2.7 million jobs between December 2007 and September 2010 (the trough for women's employment). As of June 2011, only 11 percent (301,000) of the jobs women lost were regained-meaning that women actually gained back fewer jobs than BLS previously reported in April 2011 (371,000), when job gains for women were estimated at 14 percent. In their July 8 release, BLS revised the April and May employment figures downward.

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