US women may surpass men in workforce

March 5, 2009

As the recession in the US lingers, women are poised to make up the majority of the workforce for the first time in the country's history. According to government statistics, since the beginning of the economic downturn, men have lost over 2.7 million jobs, representing 82% of all job losses. Men are heavily represented in distressed industries such as manufacturing and construction, while women tend to work in areas like health care and education, which are less sensitive to shifts in the economy. New York Times