During Coronavirus Pandemic, Women’s Unemployment Exceeds Men’s in Almost All Sectors

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While women’s job losses outnumbered men’s in almost all sectors of the economy, the biggest job losses were experienced in leisure and hospitality. (UN Women)

The coronavirus has dealt a massive blow to U.S. economy, resulting in dramatic job losses and sharp rises in unemployment for both women and men since February.

But so far, women workers are paying the biggest price.

Of the 701,000 jobs that were lost altogether in the months of February and March, the majority—60 percent—were held by women.

These findings, from a study conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and released Thursday, show:

“While these estimates of job losses are already outdated—since their collection in the second week of March new applications for unemployment reached almost ten times that level—they point to the critical role of gender in understanding the…

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