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.

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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.

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