Sunday, June 07, 2009

More on the Great Mancession of 2008-2009

The chart above (click to enlarge) shows May unemployment rates by industry from the current BLS employment report (Table A-11), and employment by gender in selected industries. The chart helps explain the Great Mancession of 2008-2009 and the historically unprecedented male (10.5%) - female (8%) jobless rate gap of 2.5%.

Two of the hardest hit sectors in the current recession are construction (19.2% unemployment rate) and manufacturing (12.6% unemployment rate), both far above the 9.1% average jobless rate (from Table A-11), and those sectors are predominantly male industries: 97.5% of construction jobs in 2008 were held by males, and males held 70% of the manufacturing jobs (data here).

On the other hand, the growing education (74%) and health services (75%) sectors are predominantly female, and the government sector is 57% female; and those two industries have jobless rates far below average. The unemployment rate for education and health services workers (4.9%) is about half the average rate of 9.1%, and government workers enjoy a jobless rate (3.1%) that is about 1/3 of the average rate.

6 Comments:

At 6/07/2009 11:05 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...

Is there some point you're trying to make with all of this being repeated, other than the obvious one? It just seems quite strange to cover it without some point to be made.

 
At 6/07/2009 11:54 PM, Blogger Robert Miller said...

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At 6/08/2009 10:04 AM, Blogger sethstorm said...

Robert Miller:

He's making a point quite well. He always does, even when I don't agree with it. He's a man of few words but the message is loud and clear.

Well, I was reading a bit more into the idea than what actually exists. That is, if he's trying to deliver another point based on all of these ideas.

If it's just pay disparity, then fine. It just seems that he's delivering another point with all this research.

 
At 6/08/2009 12:31 PM, Blogger Robert Miller said...

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At 6/08/2009 10:50 PM, Blogger QT said...

Robert,

Thanks for trying to keep this civil. It's very easy to allow these discussions to get empassioned.

 
At 6/10/2009 8:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shhh ... don't let the Feminists ruin it.

NSA-backed coding contest

"Of the total number of contestants, 93% were male ..."

http://bit.ly/11aXeU

 

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