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ID Job Losses Mean Women are More Likely to Bring Home the Bacon


Thursday, July 9, 2009   

Boise, ID – New employment numbers from Washington indicate that, in Idaho and nationwide, men have lost the vast majority of jobs during the recession, and women are on the payroll in higher numbers than ever before.

Dr. Ira Wolfe, a workforce trends expert and author of The Perfect Labor Storm, says what we're seeing now are more examples of a trend that started even before the economy went bust.

"That shift already began to occur. What the recession did was certainly accelerate what they predicted for years; that the male participation rate in the workforce was declining, and the female participation rate was climbing."

Job market trends, adds Wolfe, are demonstrating the challenge workers face when caught in a shift from jobs requiring brawn to those requiring brains.

"That doesn't mean that construction workers and manufacturing workers don't have that capability, but it's certainly a different training."

As of the early 2000s, about 75 percent of women between 18 and 45 were collecting paychecks. Numbers from the U.S. Labor Department show nearly three out of four jobs lost since the recession belonged to men because the industries hit hardest, such as manufacturing, are traditionally male-dominated.

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