For the first time in nearly 10 years, women hold more than half the jobs in the U.S.
According to the Labor Department’s latest monthly jobs report for December, women held 50.04% of jobs, based on payrolls excluding farm workers and the self-employed. More specifically, they held 76.246 million jobs, or 109,000 more than men.
“This is significant even if the percentage doesn’t stay at that level,” said Ariane Hegewisch, program director for employment and earnings for The Institute for Women’s Policy Research. “The gap has narrowed and narrowed for quite a while.”
“Women are working where jobs are growing,” Betsey Stevenson, an associate professor of economics and public policy at the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, tweeted about the latest jobs report. “Health care added more jobs in 2019 than 2018, while jobs growth slowed substantially in mining, construction, transportation & warehousing, and construction.”
According to the December jobs report, women continue to hold the majority of jobs in certain sectors: government (58%), financial activities (56.4%), leisure and hospitality (both 53%) and more than three-quarters of jobs in education and health services (77.4%).