Chart of the Day: Only 30 percent of new jobs have gone to women

charts comparing men's and women's workforce participation

According to these NYT charts, of the 5.3 million jobs added during the economic recovery over the last few years, only 30 percent of them went to women. In part, that’s because more jobs held by men were lost in the recession (remember the endless talk about the “hecession“?) But, Pat Garfola notes at ThinkProgress, “austerity is also contributing to this problem, as government job losses disproportionately hurt women.”

And the gender skew to the recovery has meant that the decades-long trend of women making up an ever-increasing portion of the workforce has stalled for the first time since the ’50s. In fact, a smaller percentage of women over 20 are working today than at the bottom of the recession. Last month, 54.6 percent of women over the age of 20 had jobs, compared to 67.6 percent of men.

Check out the rest of the charts here.

Atlanta, GA

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Editorial.

Read more about Maya

Join the Conversation

  • John

    The biggest gap is in the 20 – 24 year age range. If I remember correctly female enrollment in college is about 50% higher than male enrollment. Much of the difference could be because men have decided to skip college to enter the job market. Men also more readily take the military option when there are no civilian jobs available.

  • Robert Pawket

    “Men accounted for 5.4 million, or 71%, of the 7.5 million jobs that disappeared from the U.S. economy from December 2007 through June 2009.”

    Can you explain why anyone would think that the 70% male recovery is an example of the constant struggle by women given that men had lost roughly 70% of the jobs?

  • GooZ

    This is a pretty dramatic difference. I wonder if the higher education choices girls and women are steered away from from an early age (“math is hard” barbie, etc.), can account for some of the difference as well. If the economy is moving more toward high-tech, then scaring half the population from getting those jobs could make a difference.