Thursday, February 4, 2010

Women's Unemployment, Economic Insecurity, and Poverty at Historic Highs in the Recession

New IWPR Briefing Paper Finds Women's Unemployment, Economic Insecurity,
and Poverty at Historic Highs in the Recession
The Institute for Women's Policy Research released a comprehensive, 67-page
Briefing Paper, entitled Women and Men's Employment and Unemployment in
the Great Recession. Based on analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
and the Census Bureau, the Briefing Paper finds many families are relying on
women's earnings when men are unemployed and that unemployed men and
women are experiencing an average of 29 weeks of unemployment before finding
a new job.


The Briefing Paper, authored by Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., Ashley English,
and Jeffrey Hayes, Ph.D., researchers at IWPR, is available on the


Big Gender Wage Gap Found After Federally Funded Training
A new Briefing Paper, The Workforce Investment Act and Women's Progress:
Does WIA Funded Training Reinforce Sex Segregation in the Labor Market
and the Gender Wage Gap?, released by the Institute for Women's Policy
Research, shows that federally funded training may reinforce sex segregation
and the gender wage gap.


The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is likely to come up for reauthorization
this Congress. The Briefing Paper finds, based on data from the WIASRD
Data Book, that:

WIA includes 'self-sufficiency' as a stated objective of training services. Unless
greater attention is paid to the causes of the gender earnings gap after WIA
services, that goal will remain elusive for many women and their families.
Click here to view the Briefing Paper.


For Immediate Release Contact: Elisabeth Crum, (202)785-0186
New IWPR Briefing Paper Finds Women's Unemployment,
Economic Insecurity, and Poverty at Historic Highs in the
Recession

The Institute for Women's Policy Research released a comprehensive, 67-page
Briefing Paper, entitledWomen and Men's Employment and Unemployment in
the Great Recession. Based on analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
and the Census Bureau, the Briefing Paper finds many families are relying on women's
earnings when men are unemployed and that unemployed men and women are
experiencing an average of 29 weeks of unemployment before finding a new job.

The Briefing Paper, authored by Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., Ashley English, and
Jeffrey Hayes, Ph.D., researchers at IWPR, is available on the IWPR website here: www.iwpr.org/pdf/C373womeninrecession.pdf.

From the Executive Summary:

Since
December 2007, the U.S. economy has been in the worst recession since
the Great Depressionof the 1930s. Because much of the slowdown has occurred
in traditionally male fields such as manufacturing and construction, while a few
traditionally female fields such as health and education have shown job growth or
minimal job loss, many reports have focused on the job losses among men in the
labor force. At the same time the substantial job losses that have also occurred
among women in such sectors as retail, hospitality, and personal and business
services are rarely discussed. The number of unemployed women is now 6.3 million
(as of December 2009), an increase of 2.8 million unemployed women since the
recession began, a number larger than men's increased unemployment in most
previous recessions. Once they lose their jobs, women and men spend a similar
number of weeks unemployed; in December 2009, unemployed women and men
had been out of work for an astounding 29 weeks, on average. Moreover, a smaller
share of unemployed women collect unemployment insurance benefits compared
with unemployed men. Between December 2007 and November 2009, 36.8 percent
of unemployed women received unemployment benefits, on average, compared with
40.3 percent of unemployed men.
and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue,
and strengthen families, communities, and societies. IWPR's work is supported by
foundation grants, government grants and contracts, donations from individuals, and
contributions from organizations and corporations. IWPR is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt
organization that also works in affiliation with the women's studies and public policy
programs at The George Washington University.

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