Women Catching Up to Men in Job-Recovery Rates

Three years post-recession, female hires are increasing

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

Men are still leading the way when it comes to finding jobs in this slow economy, but women are finally starting to catch up.

The Wall Street Journal reports that even though fewer women than men were laid off during the recession, it’s been harder for the women to find new jobs, according to a new study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

“We’re looking at these numbers and we’re like, ‘What the heck is going on?’ ” Heidi Hartmann, IWPR president, tells the newspaper. “Men are having a more favorable experience in terms of hiring in the recovery. In the third year of the recovery, women are beginning to catch up… But no one really knows why.”

The Journal reports the three sectors with the most female hires during the recovery’s three years are education and health services, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality.

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