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Women left U.S. workforce last month, but in fewer numbers than a year ago

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Oct 8 (Reuters) – The job market restoration for U.S. ladies confronted a setback in September, a lot because it did about a year ago after many faculty districts switched to on-line studying. But the drop-off in the variety of ladies working or in search of a job last month was a lot smaller than in 2020 as extra colleges reopened this year.

The information, included in the month-to-month U.S. employment report launched by the Labor Department on Friday, exhibits that girls proceed to face a lumpier labor market restoration after being disproportionately affected by job losses in the course of the coronavirus pandemic. It additionally raises a query over whether or not the reopening of colleges, which seemingly contributed to this year’s enchancment from September 2020, is sufficient by itself to slim a workforce participation hole between the sexes that widened in the course of the pandemic.

About 350,000 ladies aged 20 and older left the workforce in September and August of this year, whereas 321,000 males in the identical age group got here on board. learn extra

That leaves the labor pressure for ladies aged 20 and older down by roughly 2 million from February of 2020, roughly twice the deficit for males in the identical age bracket.

“Women face tremendous headwinds as they try to reenter the workforce post-pandemic,” C. Nicole Mason, president and chief government officer of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, stated in a assertion. “It will take time to see how women navigate what is hopefully a waning pandemic and what that means for their jobs and careers.”

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Still, the report was an enchancment from last year, when the labor pressure for ladies aged 20 and up dropped by extra than 1 million in August and September after many faculty districts reopened with digital studying solely, requiring many youngsters to review from house.

This year, extra ladies are returning to work as hiring resumes in among the sectors they’re overrepresented in and a bigger quantity faculty districts reopen for in particular person instruction.

But some moms are nonetheless navigating hurdles that make it tough for them to work, together with challenges securing childcare amid a scarcity of staff and momentary faculty closures in some districts with elevated COVID-19 an infection charges.

The tempo of hiring slowed additional in September, when the U.S. financial system added 194,000 jobs, following a achieve of 366,000 jobs in August.

Employment in leisure and hospitality, an trade that’s disproportionately staffed by ladies, rose by 74,000 in September. However, hiring at eating places and bars was little modified for the second straight month.

The variety of new U.S. coronavirus circumstances has been declining since mid-September, a shift that’s anticipated to assist the labor market heal extra easily in the approaching months.

Reporting by Jonnelle Marte;
Editing by Dan Burns and Paul Simao

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