By Meghan McCarty Carino

The economic downturn during the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate effect on women when it comes to job losses, and in particular mothers with young kids, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution.

Industries that employ a lot of women, like retail, have been among the hardest hit by job losses. The report found more than 1 in 10 mothers of young children had left a job, said Lauren Bauer, a fellow at Brookings.

“What we’re seeing here is that mothers had to leave their jobs to take care of their kids, and now they are struggling to get a new job,” Bauer said.

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