The Economy, Business & Unemployment

Between December 2007 and June 2009, the U.S. economy was in the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s and the aftereffects were felt long after the official end of the Recession.

In 2011, IWPR began publishing regular analyses of the trends in job gains and losses among women and men, highlighting the gender differences in job growth. Its analysis countered the prevailing media narrative of the “mancession,” noting that, while men represented the majority of job losses during the recession, single mothers were almost twice as likely as married men to be unemployed.

As men and women recovered their jobs, IWPR identified a “new normal” in the labor market: a smaller gender gap in jobs following the Great Recession. Prior to the recession, men held several million more payroll jobs than women, but now hold just over one million more jobs than women.

IWPR also analyzes trends in job growth by industry and unemployment rates among men and women color and single mothers.

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The Status of Black Women in the United States

Asha DuMonthier, Chandra Childers, Ph.D., Jessica Milli, Ph.D.

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