Black women lost more jobs during recovery
Black women have lost more jobs than black men since the
recession began in December 2007, says a recent report by the
National Women's Law Center.
By Eliza Ronalds-Hannon
Crain's New York Business
August 16, 2011
While the recession hit black men harder than any other
group, the economic recovery has shifted that impact to their
female counterparts, according to a recent report by the
National Women's Law Center, which shows that black women
have lately seen their unemployment rate rise even as other
populations - including black men - have finally begun to
Between June 2009 and June 2011, black men gained 127,000
jobs while black women lost more than twice that number,
258,000, the report says. That means that black women have
now lost more total jobs than have black men since the
recession began in December 2007. "We hear back from women
suggesting that some employers think it's more important for
men to get back to work than for women," said Joan Entmacher,
the National Women's Law Center's vice president for family
economic security, citing anecdotes from women she has
interviewed. "I suspect that is one of the things at work."
But on the contrary, the report suggests that women are more
critical to the economic health of the black population.
"Black women are a majority [53.4%] of the black workforce,
head a majority [52.8%] of black families with children, and
were more economically vulnerable even before the recession
started," according to the report.
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