April 8, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to
Institute for Women's Policy Research
(IWPR) women gained 25,000 (28 percent) of the new jobs added in March, while men gained 63,000 (72 percent). According to the April employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job growth overall improved at a slower pace in March compared to the previous month, with 88,000 jobs added to nonfarm payrolls.
In the last year, from
, of the 1.9 million jobs added to payrolls, 49 percent were filled by women. The gap between women's and men's employment is 1.8 million jobs in March, substantially less than at the start of the recession (3.4 million jobs in
Women's employment growth in March was aided by growth in education and health services (28,000 jobs) and professional and business services (11,000 jobs). However, women lost 12,000 jobs in manufacturing in March.
of the BLS payroll data shows that, as of March, women have regained 77 percent (2.1 million) of the total jobs they lost in the recession from
to the trough for women's employment in
(2.7 million). Men have regained over 63 percent (3.8 million) of the jobs they lost between
and the trough for men's employment in
According to the household survey data reported by the BLS, the unemployment rate for women aged 16 and older decreased to 7.6 percent in March from 7.7 percent in February, while the unemployment rate for men decreased from 7.8 percent to 7.6 percent. Among single mothers, the unemployment rate was 10.7 percent in March compared to 11.0 percent in February. As of March, 11.7 million workers remain unemployed.