Of the 163,000 added jobs in July, women gained 86,000 of those jobs for 53 percent of the total while men gained 77,000 jobs, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The findings are from the August unemployment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The analysis shows strong growth in professional and business services contributed to women's employment growth with 37,000 as well as education and health services with 35,000 jobs. The government sector also added 3,000 jobs for women after cutting 91,000 jobs from July 2011 to June 2012.
Since December 2007 to the low of women’s employment in September 2010, IWPR’s analysis of the BLS payroll data reveals that women have regained 42 percent or 1.1 million of the 2.7 million total jobs they lost in the recession. Meanwhile, men have regained 47 percent or 2.9 million of the jobs they lost between December 2007 and low of men's employment in February 2010 at 6.1 million jobs.
Between July 2011 and July 2012, of the 1.8 million new jobs, 742,000 jobs totaling to 40 percent were filled by women while 1,096,000 jobs at 60 percent were filled by men. The difference between women's and men's employment was 1.8 million jobs in July.
Based on the household survey data reported by the BLS, the female unemployment rate remained stable between June and July with a slightly increase for women age 16 and older at 8.1 percent from 8.0 percent. For men age 16 and older, the unemployment rate kept at 8.4 percent, and 12.8 million workers remain unemployed in July.