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Report: Idaho Gender Factors in the Great Recession

September 20, 2010

BOISE, Idaho - Job losses at the beginning of the Great Recession that started in late 2007 mostly affected men in Idaho, and now that the recession is coming to a close, women are experiencing rising unemployment, according to a new analysis from Idaho Kids Count.

Report author Judy Brown of Moscow, who is an economist, says there are implications to be considered when it comes to safety-net programs.

"We've had extended unemployment insurance benefits for the long-term unemployed throughout most of this recession, but they are likely to terminate just when women may be needing them."

Brown's prediction for the coming months is that unemployment among men will continue to decrease, while the rate for women will rise by up to one percent. And whether those women are married, or single moms, Brown says Idaho families face a long economic recovery.

"Unemployment among families with a single-mother earner and with two earners are both impacted when the mom loses her job, and much more so than in previous recessions."

Brown found that women are also losing jobs at a faster pace than in the 1990s recession, where two women lost their employment for every 100 men who lost theirs. Today, that rate is 46 to every 100.

The report is at www.idahokidscount.org

Deb Courson, Public News Service - ID