"In the year since the recession began in December 2007, the jobless rate for men rose from 4.4% to 7.2%. At the same time, the jobless rate for women rose from 4.3% to 5.9%."
The disparity seems news-worthy but it isn't really. Two data points tell the tale:
- Three-quarters of the workers in the health care and education sectors are women
- men represent 93% of workers in construction and 72% in manufacturing
Men just happen to dominate the jobs in more cyclical businesses.
It's a slow news day when I'm reading the USA Today at 6:00 am.