An analysis of November’s employment report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research has shown that women have surpassed men in regaining jobs lost during the economic recovery. Woman gained about 91,000 jobs in November compared to 55,000 for men. Most jobs were gained in the retail (26,000 jobs), education and health services (21,000 jobs), leisure and hospitality (18,000 jobs), and professional and business services (15,000 jobs) sectors.
Overall, women have regained 54 percent of jobs lost since December 2007 and men have regained about 52 percent of lost jobs. Over the year, 45 percent of vacant positions were filled by females, equating to 853,000 jobs. The difference between employment of men and women has narrowed significantly, falling to 1.75 million fewer jobs for women in November 2012 compared to 3.4 million fewer jobs in December 2007.
Unemployment dropped to 7.7 percent in November for working adults as adult women saw a drop in unemployment from 7.7 to 7.6 percent over the month and men saw a drop from 8 percent to 7.9 percent. As of November, 12 million workers remain unemployed.