Saturday, August 08, 2009

The Great Mancession Continues

The recession might be winding down, but the "mancession" continues. The chart above shows the difference between monthly unemployment rates for men and women, and the unprecedented gap isn't getting better. For July, the unemployment rate for all men was 10.5%, a decrease of .10% from the 10.6% rate in June, whereas the jobless rate for women fell by .20% to 8.1% in July from 8.3% in June, and the male-female jobless rate gap increased to 2.4% in July from 2.3% in June (see graph above, data here).

The male unemployment rate has exceeded the female jobless rate for each of the last 32 months, going back to December 2006, and is the second longest consecutive monthly period of male unemployment exceeding female unemployment in BLS history (back to WWII). The only longer period of a positive male-female jobless rate gap was the 45 month period from June 1990 to February 1994, but the gap in that period was mostly below 1%, and the gap during the "Great Mancession" has been above 1% and even above 2% for much of the current period.

Originally posted at Carpe Diem.

8 Comments:

At 8/08/2009 8:36 PM, Anonymous Kevin said...

Decades of feminist trying to screw men over is finally paying off (for them)

 
At 8/08/2009 9:33 PM, Blogger Angela said...

Better lower wages than no wages, I guess!

 
At 8/08/2009 10:18 PM, Blogger 1 said...

"Better lower wages than no wages, I guess!"...

Well maybe for the short term Angela but just what might it do to the economy as a whole if this is the way its going to be?

I don't know, hence the reason I ask...

 
At 8/08/2009 11:52 PM, Blogger bobble said...

1) loss of manufacturing jobs . . .
2) women are paid less, and the trend is to pay less . . .

welcome to the future

 
At 8/09/2009 3:09 PM, Blogger 1 said...

"women are paid less, and the trend is to pay less"...

Have you been lurking here bobble?

Maybe in some jobs women are actually worth less but then in others worth more but due to past practices don't get the pay...

Have no fear though, Lilly Ledbetter is here to save the day for you and your perceived injustices...

 
At 8/09/2009 3:18 PM, Blogger 1 said...

Woman’s Paycheck Key to How Much Housework She Does...

Gupta goes further and says, based on his newest research, that for every $7,500 in annual earnings a married woman working full time makes, she can expect to do one hour less of routine housework each week. The findings are based on data on two-income couples in the United States from 1992-94 and have since been confirmed using similar data from 2000. The most recent data comes from Germany and Sweden in an unpublished study conducted with researchers in those countries, Gupta says...

 
At 8/09/2009 7:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get your head out of the machinery Bobble. It's not just manufacturing jobs.

Construction, manufacturing, and Professional and Business Services jobs have been the most affected sectors and manufacturing has begun its decline only recently.

Health/Education and Government, the only growth sectors left, are dominated by women.

Nearly every dime of difference between male and female pay is accounted for by job security, unionization, travel, salary vs. commission, danger, employment gaps, job hopping, education, job performance, and bargaining skills.

The pay gap is an outdated myth.

 
At 8/11/2009 5:31 AM, Blogger randian said...

Health/Education and Government

Education is government, as is much of Health (government employees in Medicare, Medicaid, SSI, VA). Why are the stats listed as if these were separate? It's grossly misleading (I know it's not you making this error).

 

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