Of the jobs added in February, 80,000 went to women while 156,000 went to men, according to an analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The BLS finds that 236,000 jobs were created on nonfarm payroll in February. For women, they experienced strong growth in professional and business services with 32,000 more jobs, education and health services with 24,000 more jobs, retail trade with 21,000 more jobs, and leisure and hospitality with 10,000 more jobs, IWPR reveals. Based on these figures, women have regained 74 percent – or 2 million – of the total jobs lost during the recession in December 2007 to the trough for women’s employment in September 2010.

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