More Women Working Now Than Before Recession
Record 67.5M women in US workforce
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 18, 2013 10:55 AM CST
Updated Nov 18, 2013 11:00 AM CST
This April 4, 2012 file photo shows a job fair for college students in Manchester, NH.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

(Newser) – The number of women in the US workforce has hit a record 67.5 million—meaning more women are working now than were before the recession, the Wall Street Journal reports. The previous record for women was 67.4 million in 2008, Labor Department figures say; meanwhile, men haven't yet reclaimed all the jobs they lost during the crisis. Currently, 69 million men have jobs, compared to 70.9 million in 2007. The key reason for the phenomenon, per the Journal: While largely male industries including construction were hardest-hit by the recession, jobs in education, health, hospitality, and retail—sectors where women tend to work—did far better.

"The last recession and recovery really showed how segregated the labor market is," says an economist. Men lost some 6 million jobs, whereas women lost 2.7 million. The unemployment rate for women, meanwhile, was 6.9% last month; for men, it was 7.6%. But wages still aren't equal: As of last year, women were earning 76.5 cents for each dollar men made, the Commerce department says.

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Nov 19, 2013 7:08 AM CST
So woman gained in the industries that has to be supported by taxpayers or by h/c premium hike to provide for the increase. Good going, rob Peter to give Paul.
Nov 18, 2013 8:51 PM CST
Beside 76 cent on a dollar idiocy interpretation of this data is laughable. Men have lost all faith in the system and just don't give a shit anymore. Majority are self-employed. The subservient nature of women is to keep being a slave to government pimp because it provides some illusion of security. Men are on strike and this will continue until this society will start caring about men.
Nov 18, 2013 5:50 PM CST
Unfortunately Big Business figured out it is better to pay a woman for a job. Men salaries are higher for the same job. Getting a woman to do the job, the corporations save 25% on salaries. This adds up to big bucks for large corporations.