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Mon May 11, 2020, 07:34 PM

Female Unemployment Hits an All-Time High, Pandemic has erased the gains of the past decade

Female Unemployment Hits an All-Time High
Pandemic has erased the gains of the past decade


(NEWSER) Ė American women reached a milestone in December, holding just over 50% of the nation's payroll jobs. "Itís a milestone because itís really heralding the future and not just telling us where we are today," a professor said when the figures were released in January, the Washington Post reported. Just a few months later, it's a different story. The workforce gains achieved over the past decade have been wiped out by the pandemic shutdown, per the Post. The unemployment rate for women was 16.2% in April, almost 3 percentage points above the rate for men.

Women held the vast majority of jobs in education and health services before the pandemic hit, but they took 83% of the job losses in those fields. Women had fewer than half of the retail jobs, but 61% of the retail jobs cut were held by women. "How are we supposed to ever come back?" said an official at the National Womenís Law Center.

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