Is There a She-Covery in Jobs Market?

Women are catching up with men in employment gains.

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

Man-cession? Make way for a she-covery.

Cute buzzwords aside, MSNBC reports women are at last seeing job gains at about the same rate as men, as the genders filled some 206,000 new positions each in the last quarter of 2011, Bureau of Labor Statistics show.

“Finally, women moved into the black at the end of 2011,” Joan Entmacher, National Women’s Law Center vice president for family economy security, tells the network, with more women employed now than when the recession ended in 2009. But Entmacher adds that women have been hired for a small percentage of post-recession jobs compared with men.

Sadly, there are still plenty of women—and men—out of work, and Heidi Hartmann, president of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, tells MSNBC that recovery in employment will be a “long haul.”

New word: HER-umph.

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First Published January 11, 2012

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