Monday, January 9, 2012

Where the Ladies at?

My last post Men at Work outlined that employment among men has rebounded since 2009, while employment among women has stagnated over that time after strong relative performance (as compared to men) at the beginning of the recession.

Taking a deeper dive, after a 60+ year trend (think WWII) of women entering the workforce in large numbers, we have now seen a decline not only relative to population growth, but in absolute terms as well.

A chicken or the egg argument can be made for the relationship between employment among women and real economic growth (were women more likely to work when the economy was strong or did women entering the workforce create a strong economy), but the relationship is strong none-the-less.

Source: BLS

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