Friday, April 01, 2011

Female Gains Dominate Today's Jobs Report

Here are a couple of interesting items in today's Employment Report:

1. From the household survey, there was an increase of 291,000 jobs in March, because of an increase in female employment of 305,000 jobs last month, which was offset slightly by a decrease of 14,000 household jobs for men. 

2. The March jobless rate for men remained the same as February at 9.3%, while the unemployment rate for women fell from 8.5% to 8.3%.  

Therefore, all of the employment gains in March were female jobs, and all of the overall reduction in the March jobless rate from 8.9% to 8.8% was because of job gains for women.  Looking through the report, I didn't find any obvious sources of the job gains for women, e.g. there was a gain of 45,000 jobs for the education and health care sector, where about 70% of the jobs are held by women. But that doesn't come close to explaining 305,000 job increase for women, so I'm somewhat puzzled.....

2 Comments:

At 4/02/2011 9:04 AM, Blogger BCurious said...

When a woman reads that report, she doesn't wonder about it at all.

 
At 4/02/2011 9:58 AM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

Why are women gaining jobs faster? Maybe it is because men are still losing jobs. "Employment in local government continued to trend down over the month. Local government has lost
416,000 jobs since an employment peak in September 2008."
The job loss in local government is mainly blue collar.

Public Works are taking the biggest job hits. 60% of cities and 68% of counties report that the biggest cuts are in Public Works. Public Works are such jobs as: transportation infrastructure, construction and maintenance, solid waste collection and disposal and sewer/water services.

 

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