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Are You There, Congress? It's Me, Slow Job Growth

September’s Jobs Data show a growth of 142,000 jobs, 42 percent of which went to women. 142,000 jobs was less than was predicted and this number, combined with a revision of August job gains down to 136,000 from the initial estimate of 173,000, shows an economic recovery that is slowing down. Over the past three months, monthly jobs gains have averaged only 167,000. Read more »


Low-Wage Jobs Drove Women’s Employment Gains in July

Today’s release of July’s jobs data shows that women added 115,000 jobs in July, accounting for 54 percent of all job gains. But our analysis reveals a troubling fact: almost four in ten of the jobs added by women were in low-wage sectors. In fact, two-thirds of the low-wage jobs added in July went to women.

The economy added 215,000 jobs in July. 66,000 jobs were added in the low-wage sectors of leisure & hospitality and retail – 64 percent of them (42,000) went to women. These low-wage job gains made up 37 percent of all women’s job gains in July, even though these sectors make up just 23 percent of all women’s jobs. On the other hand, men added 23,900 jobs in these low-wage sectors, accounting for 24 percent of their July job gains. These sectors make up 21 percent of all men’s jobs. Read more »

Over Half a Million Public Sector Jobs Lost Since the Start of the Recovery and More Cuts on the Way

Today’s release of June’s jobs data shows another month of solid private sector job growth and declining unemployment. Our analysis finds that two-thirds of the 223,000 jobs added last month went to women. Though we’re moving in the right direction, we’re not out of the woods yet. Read more »

Low-Wage Sectors Overrepresented in May's Job Growth

Today’s release of jobs data for May shows another month of strong job growth. Our analysis finds that women gained two-thirds of the jobs added in May. However, 43 percent of all the jobs added were in low-wage sectors that don’t pay enough to support a family. This month’s numbers prove that it’s past time for lawmakers to support the growing movement to raise the minimum wage. Read more »

Everyone Should Have a Fair Shot As the Economy Rebounds

Our analysis of today’s release of April’s jobs data shows that while overall job growth was strong, unemployment rates for Black women and men remained disturbingly high. In addition, women gained just 30 percent of the jobs added last month. While the economy rebounds, lawmakers need to make sure everyone has a fair shot. Read more »

March Jobs Report: Weak Job Growth, Black Women’s Unemployment Continues to Rise

Today’s release of March’s jobs data reports a slowdown in job growth and other troubling signs for workers and the economy. Our analysis shows increases in unemployment for some vulnerable groups, and finds a sizable share of jobs added were in low-wage sectors.

The overall unemployment rate in March was unchanged from February at 5.5 percent, and the unemployment rate for adult women (20 and older) was likewise flat at 4.9 percent. However, adult African American women’s unemployment rate rose for the third month in a row, marking a troubling trend for 2015. At 9.2 percent, it is now a full percentage point higher than it was in December 2014. Unemployment rates also rose for adult Latinas and single mothers in March from February. Read more »

February’s Strong Employment Numbers Mask an Uneven Recovery

Today’s BLS release of February’s employment data shows a drop in overall unemployment and big gains in jobs, but these strong overall numbers hide an uneven recovery that has left many women out. While women’s unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in over six years, some groups of vulnerable women continue to face high unemployment rates, and nearly forty percent of the jobs women added in February were in low-wage sectors. 

Women’s unemployment rate is at a 6-year low, but many groups of women are left out Read more »

January Jobs Report: The Engines are Revving – Let’s Step on the Gas

Today’s BLS data release shows the economy is moving in the right direction. The engines are revving but we need to step on the gas. Women gained 39 percent of the jobs added in January, but half of women’s gains were in the low-wage sectors of retail and leisure & hospitality that don’t pay enough to support a family. 

Half of women’s job gains in January were in low-wage sectors
We told you last month how job growth was still disproportionately low-wage, and this month one-third (32 percent) of all jobs added in January were in the low-wage sectors of retail and leisure & hospitality.  Women added 25,000 jobs apiece in retail and leisure & hospitality– growth in these two sectors accounted for half (49 percent) of the 101,000 jobs that women added in January.  One-fifth (21 percent) of men’s jobs added were in these sectors.

Overall, women accounted for 39 percent of the 257,000 jobs added in January, also seeing strong gains in private education & health services (+40,000) and losses in the public sector (-16,000) and professional & business services (-1,000). Read more »

November’s Strong Jobs Growth Must be Sustained and Supplemented by Increases in the Minimum Wage

Today’s release of jobs and employment data shows huge job growth for November, with the economy adding 321,000 jobs. This is great for both women and men—women added 108,000 jobs, making up a third of all jobs gains. Women saw the largest gains in professional & business (including temporary help services), private education & health services, and retail. 

Most groups of women also saw a decrease in their rate of unemployment.  The rate for women overall decreased slightly to 5.3 percent from 5.4 percent in October, adult Hispanic women declined to 6.4 percent from 7.0 percent, and white women to 4.5 percent from 4.6 percent. Single mothers’ unemployment rate declined to 8.2 percent from 8.7 percent.  African American women, however, were the only group of women whose unemployment rate went up—increasing to 9.6 percent from 9.4 percent in October.  All groups of adult men saw an increase in their unemployment rates. The unemployment rate overall stayed the same at 5.8 percent.  Read more »

It’s Time to Stop Talking about the ‘Mancession’: September’s Employment Update Shows Higher Unemployment for Women than Men

What day is it today? It’s October 3rd, and for many that means the unofficial celebration of Mean Girls Day, and the fond recalling of that famous date spoken between the protagonists in 2004’s Mean Girls. But if you can believe it, today is significant for us at NWLC for a different reason—today is the release of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ September jobs numbers, and this month the numbers reveal that the recovery needs to pick up steam for women and men.

In September 2014, adult women’s unemployment was above the rate for men, 5.5 percent for women compared to 5.3 percent for men. Women’s and men’s unemployment rates have been moving closer together for some time, but this is the first time the unemployment rate for women has been above that of men since December 2012.  Read more »