About All Those Lost Womens’ Jobs…
Pardon me if I get a little snippy whenever I hear the Romney camp tossing out ‘facts and figures’ about the Obama administration’s failure of women in this recession. According to Romney, of the 740,000 jobs lost since Obama took office, 683,000 belonged to women (that’s 92.3% of jobs lost). Yes! Proof that Mitt is better for women.
See? It’s not the Republicans who are waging a war on women – it’s Barack and the Democrats! (Not that I can begin to understand how restricting access to contraception and reproductive health services, stripping equal pay rights and holding a hard line against parental leave is going to make things better…but I digress.)
Indeed, those numbers sound bad. And they are — especially if someone’s withholding the rest of the story from you. A few simple facts:
- Men and women tend to concentrate in different job sectors
- The sectors most affecting men (manufacturing, for instance) generally get hit hard early in a recession — but start to recover sooner, too (remember the ‘mancession’ and the ‘hecovery’?)
- Sectors dominated by women (education, for instance) tend to be hit later in the recession cycle and thus recover later, as well
- What little spending that can make it through our gridlocked Congress ends up benefiting industries that employ mostly men (for example, construction)
- Sectors such as education and social services have been ravaged in the last couple years, due to drastic spending cuts at the state level
And it is really necessary for me to point out the party affiliation of most of the governors and state legislatures doing that cutting? C’mon…you know…
Just the eleven states taken over by the GOP in 2010 are responsible for 40% of the nation’s public sector job losses. The vast majority of those workers are women. The Obama administration at least made efforts to stem the tide of job losses in 2009 via the stimulus.
Still, if you want to talk numbers: Women held 48.8 percent of the nation’s jobs at the start of 2008 and hold 49.3 percent of the nation’s jobs today.