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The Unemployment Emergency Continues for Women and Their Families – But Emergency Unemployment Compensation Is About to Expire

The jobs data released for September 2010 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that the pain continues for millions of jobless workers and their families.  The overall unemployment rate remained at 9.6 percent, and unemployment rates among single mothers and Black and Hispanic women were even higher.   Women accounted for two-thirds of all the jobs lost in September, as cuts in public employment exceeded modest job gains in private sector employment.  There are few signs that the unemployment rate will drop significantly any time soon – but the emergency unemployment compensation benefits program is set to expire on November 30, 2010.