Male-Dominated Industries Bear Brunt of Job Losses

Construction, manufacturing cuts disproportionately hit men
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Jan 22, 2009 7:54 AM CST
Men have been hurt by layoffs more than women as male-dominated industries, like construction, have been hit hardest.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The gap between men's and women’s unemployment is at a 25-year high because job cuts have hit especially hard in male-dominated industries like construction and manufacturing, reports Reuters. Some 80% of the nearly 3 million workers who lost jobs between November 2007 and November 2008 were men. Women hold many health-care and government jobs, which have suffered less in the slump than the blue-collar sector.