Women Now Outnumber Men On U.S. Payrolls

Women got the lion’s share of new jobs in December and now outnumber men on U.S. payrolls. This unusual situation reflects the growth of industries like health care where women dominate. John Minchillo/AP hide caption toggle caption John Minchillo/AP Women got the lion’s share of new jobs in December and now outnumber men on U.S.…

Women Now Outnumber Men On U.S. Payrolls

Women got the lion’s share of new jobs in December and now outnumber men on U.S. payrolls. This unusual situation reflects the growth of industries like health care where women dominate.

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Women got the lion’s share of new jobs in December and now outnumber men on U.S. payrolls. This unusual situation reflects the growth of industries like health care where women dominate.

John Minchillo/AP

Job growth slowed last month as U.S. employers added just 145,000 jobs. But there was an interesting milestone in Friday’s report from the Labor Department. Ninety-five percent of the net jobs added in December went to women. Women now hold just over half of all payroll jobs in America, for only the second time in history. The first was during the Great Recession, when a wave of layoffs hit male workers first, temporarily giving women an edge in the workplace. The period was even dubbed the Mancession.

Before long, though, women were hit with their own layoffs. And their numerical advantage didn’t last. This time could be different, because women’s gains come from being hired at a faster pace than men. “I feel very strongly that a year from now, their share will continue to be over 50%,” says Betsey Stevenson
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