Saturday, February 07, 2009

Unemployment hits men harder than women: look at the kinds of careers with demand

The sudden spike in unemployment associated with the economic crisis is hitting men more than women. There are 11.6 unemployed people in America, up 4.1 million since the start of 2008. But since the start of the recession in 2008, 82% of the new job losses have occurred with men.

That’s because the jobs involving heavy personal contact (nursing, teachers, etc), jobs that can’t be offshored or eliminated easily, are disproportionately held by women, as they always had been. Of course, there has been some change. Recently, the percentage of male nurses has increased, for example.

There is a New York Times story by Catherine Rampbell, “As Layoffs Surge, Women May Pass Men in Job Force: 82% of cuts hit masses; A continuing recession is posing a challenge to gender roles,” link here.

That would mean a lot more sharing of roles in the home and child care, but that has been going on for many years anyway.

Whites have 6.9% unemployment, blacks have 12.6%, according to a CNN report aired Saturday morning. Asians have unemployment comparable to Caucasians (I didn’t get the number from the broadcast). The historical trend of racial disparity in unemployment certainly has continued during this recession aka depression.

Barack Obama, in his radio address (on "The White House Blog"), said today. Let's put Americans to work doing the work America needs done.”

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