By Krystal Hu

Women are hit hardest

Women and men may not feel the same level of pain in the retail apocalypse. In the past year, women lost jobs in the industry overall while men had a net gain in retail jobs, according to the latest analysis from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Women lost retail jobs in February, while men gained jobs.

One cause for the difference could be gender segregation in the industry, men and women tend to be concentrated in different types of retail jobs, according to IWPR. In 2018, 73.8% of cashiers, one of the most common jobs in physical stores, were women. While among truck drivers, a profession that is in high demand nowadays, only 6.6% were women, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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