Analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research shows that of the 192,000 jobs added in March, women gained a larger share than men, with 99,000 job gains for women and 93,000 for men. Overall, women have done better than men in job growth, recovering all the ground lost in the economic downturn. But many of those jobs are in the low-paying service sector.
In March 2008, 67.6 million women were on the payrolls; now that figure stands at 68.1 million. Men have regained 84 percent of the jobs lost during the recession.
The data also show women gaining roughly half of the 2.2 million jobs over the last year, with the most growth in the professional and business sector
Overall, the unemployment rate for women aged 16 and older ticked up from 6.4 percent in February to 6.6 percent in March. Among workers over 20, African American women still face a higher unemployment rate at 11 percent, Hispanic women come in at 8.4 percent, and white women have a 5.3 percent unemployment rate.