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Women Gained 2 Out of Every 3 Jobs Added in August; Men Still Short 350,000 Jobs from Pre-Recession Employment Levels

According to an Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) analysis of the September employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), although the total number of jobs lost in the recession has been recovered (139,118,000 jobs in August 2014 vs 138,350,000 jobs in December 2007 when the recession began), men are still short 350,000 from the start of the recession.

By |2020-10-31T04:15:16-05:00September 5, 2014|Press Releases|Comments Off on Women Gained 2 Out of Every 3 Jobs Added in August; Men Still Short 350,000 Jobs from Pre-Recession Employment Levels

Washington, DC, Ranks Highest for Women’s Employment and Earnings; West Virginia Ranks Lowest

According to a new analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), states across the nation vary widely in their progress towards achieving equality for women in the workplace, with the District of Columbia ranking the highest in the nation for women’s employment and earnings, while West Virginia ranked the lowest. The analysis includes state-by-state rankings and letter grades based on a composite score of economic indicators, including women’s labor force participation, median annual earnings for women, the gender earnings ratio between women and men employed full-time and year-round, and the percentage of employed women in managerial or professional occupations. IWPR has been calculating and tracking state rankings in this area since 1996.

By |2014-09-02T00:00:00-05:00September 2, 2014|Press Releases|Comments Off on Washington, DC, Ranks Highest for Women’s Employment and Earnings; West Virginia Ranks Lowest

Nearly 7 Million Workers in California Lack Paid Sick Days

A new analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) finds that 44 percent of California’s workers lack access to a single paid sick day. The report also finds that access to paid sick days in the state varies widely by race and ethnicity, occupation, work schedule, earnings level, and where workers live.

By |2014-08-26T00:00:00-05:00August 26, 2014|Press Releases|Comments Off on Nearly 7 Million Workers in California Lack Paid Sick Days

New Survey Finds Construction Trades Offer Good Wages for Women Workers, but Harassment and Discrimination Still Common

A new brief from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) summarizes findings from the 2013 IWPR Tradeswomen Survey and finds that many women working in the construction trades earn good wages, but discrimination and harassment are far too common experiences.

By |2014-08-21T00:00:00-05:00August 21, 2014|Press Releases|Comments Off on New Survey Finds Construction Trades Offer Good Wages for Women Workers, but Harassment and Discrimination Still Common

Hispanic and Food Service Workers among the Least Likely to Have Paid Sick Days in San Jose

A new analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) finds that 35 percent of San Jose’s private sector employees lack access to a single paid sick day. More than half (52 percent) of Hispanic workers in San Jose lack access to this important benefit.

By |2014-08-13T00:00:00-05:00August 13, 2014|Press Releases|Comments Off on Hispanic and Food Service Workers among the Least Likely to Have Paid Sick Days in San Jose

With Much-Needed Job Growth in July, Men Have Recovered 94% of Jobs They Lost in Recession

According to an Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) analysis of the August employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), men gained nearly two out of every three jobs added to the U.S. economy last month. In July, women gained 68,000 jobs, while men gained 141,000 for an increase of 209,000 total jobs in July. Although the total number of jobs lost in the recession has been recovered, men are still short 392,000 jobs from their prerecession peak, having recovered 94 percent of jobs they lost. In addition, BLS revisions increased the number of jobs gained by men in May and June by 70,000, but decreased the number of jobs gained for women by 50,000.

By |2020-10-31T03:33:39-05:00August 1, 2014|Press Releases|Comments Off on With Much-Needed Job Growth in July, Men Have Recovered 94% of Jobs They Lost in Recession

Low Wage, Hispanic, and Immigrant Workers among the Least Likely to Have Paid Sick Days

New analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) finds that access to paid sick days is unequally distributed across the U.S. population, with substantial differences by race and ethnicity, occupation, earnings levels, and work schedules. The study, using new data from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), also reveals differences by sexual orientation, especially for men. IWPR found that only 56 percent of private sector workers had access to paid sick days, compared with 84 percent of public sector workers.

By |2014-07-30T00:00:00-05:00July 30, 2014|Press Releases|Comments Off on Low Wage, Hispanic, and Immigrant Workers among the Least Likely to Have Paid Sick Days

Fair Job Scheduling Practices Can Improve College Attainment among Community College Students

As Congress considers the Schedules That Work Act, a new fact sheet from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) highlights the need for access to fair and flexible scheduling among community college students, particularly those with children, to help students complete college.

By |2014-07-22T00:00:00-05:00July 22, 2014|Press Releases|Comments Off on Fair Job Scheduling Practices Can Improve College Attainment among Community College Students

Strong Consensus on Improving Social Security Benefits despite Party Differences

A new study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research sheds new light on expert and lawmaker perspectives on the prospect of Social Security reform. Based on interviews, which took place five years ago, with Social Security experts and lawmakers, the report reviews experts’ expectations for Social Security reform five years out with summaries of what proposals had bipartisan support at the time of the interviews.

By |2014-07-11T00:00:00-05:00July 11, 2014|Press Releases|Comments Off on Strong Consensus on Improving Social Security Benefits despite Party Differences
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