By Melissa Wylie

The loss of U.S. retail jobs in the past year has had a major impact on women while men have been making steady gains.

Women lost 160,300 retail positions in the last year while men gained 106,000 positions, according to research from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The IWPR analyzed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics between November 2016 and November 2017.

Women lost the most positions in general merchandising stores. In October of this year, women made up 60.4 percent of general merchandise store employees, down from 64 percent in October 2016. Men gained 87,000 general merchandising jobs in the last year, according to the IWPR.

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