Job growth increases for women, men

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By Amanda McGrory-Dixon

Of the jobs added in February, 80,000 went to women while 156,000 went to men, according to an analysis by the Institute for Women's Policy Research of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The BLS finds that 236,000 jobs were created on nonfarm payroll in February. For women, they experienced strong growth in professional and business services with 32,000 more jobs, education and health services with 24,000 more jobs, retail trade with 21,000 more jobs, and leisure and hospitality with 10,000 more jobs, IWPR reveals. Based on these figures, women have regained 74 percent – or 2 million – of the total jobs lost during the recession in December 2007 to the trough for women’s employment in September 2010.

Meanwhile, men have regained about 62 percent – or 3.8 million of the jobs lost during from the recession in December 2007 to the trough for men's employment in February 2010, IWPR finds. Between February 2012 and February 2013, 931,000 jobs, totaling to 47 percent, were filled by women, and 1,035,000, coming to 53 percent, were filled by men. This totals to a gap between women and men's employment of 1.8 million jobs in February, down from 3.4 million jobs at the start of the recession.

A household survey by the BLS also finds that the unemployment rate for women age 16 and older hit 7.7 percent in February, down from 7.8 percent in January. For men, the unemployment rate reached 7.8 percent, a drop from 8 percent in January. Single mothers saw an unemployment rate of 11 percent in February 2013, a decline from 11.7 percent in February 2012. Twelve million workers are unemployed as of February.

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