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It's no longer just a 'mancession'

Job loss during the recession hit men particularly hard. Now the tables have turned.

By Karen Datko Mar 23, 2011 6:14PM

More than 1.1 million of the 1.3 million U.S. jobs created in the last 12 months have been filled by men, ABC News reports. It appears the "mancession" is over.


ABC News also says, "Looking at the data since the end of the recession in July 2009," -- yes, that's when it was officially over -- "men have gained 600,000 jobs while women have lost 300,000 jobs." Post continues after video.

In other words, men are more than catching up in the job-loss department. Lorraine Mirabella of The Baltimore Sun put it this way:

As the nation begins to crawl out of the deep recession, women are regaining jobs at a much slower pace than they lost them. Women accounted for one of every three lost jobs in the recession, but they're filling just one in every 10 jobs added. And unemployment for women is on the rise.

It's a stunning reversal for female workers, who were on track to equal men in the workforce in number, if not in pay. So many men had lost jobs that by October 2009, women comprised 49.96% of the workforce -- very nearly a record in U.S. history.


However, The Christian Science Monitor reports, "October turned out to be the high point for women and their job share has been slipping ever since, as male-dominated industries like manufacturing recovered and female-dominated ones like education were cut as cash-strapped states slashed budgets."

Nearly 80% of the public-sector jobs eliminated since July 2009 were held by women, ABC News says.


The Sun adds:

Professional and business services have become the big employer of men in the recovery, with job gains three times as great as women's gains in those sectors. Another sector with large gains for men has been transportation and warehousing. And women are still losing manufacturing jobs.

Not only that, but experts say men have moved into fields, like health care, once dominated by women.


There are many theories about why women who were laid off are having difficulty rejoining the workforce. For instance, there's a perceived tendency by some employers to view men as the primary breadwinners for families -- and thus more deserving of a job -- even though unmarried women are the head of 30% of U.S. households.


And perhaps the recession didn't spare women as much as some people think. "Female leaders at the most senior levels of companies were three times more likely to lose jobs than men during the recession, according to Catalyst, a nonprofit organization focusing on women and business," ABC News reports.


Are you a part of the new trend? Please share your experience.


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Mar 24, 2011 12:20PM

Dumb stuff.

Touch gender in article, especially if a dude and you're toast.


Hey, why doesn't corporate america care about prostate cancer and supports the pink ribbon cancer?  Think about it.

Food companies and all the major sports leagues all have pink ribbon campaigns, but nothing for blue ribbon prostate cancer.

Mar 24, 2011 1:56PM

I find the facts reported above, contrary to those released earlier by the fed. govt. The 'official' facts were...78% of all jobs lost were by men. A lot of the diatribe above is taken out of context or mere guessing it seems.

Husker raises a very valid point. How many support groups do women have? Answer...almost uncountable. How many to men have? None that I know about.

He's also correct mentioning prostate problems. It is at almost epidemic levels, yet no widespread support is forthcoming, nor will there be. And touching this topic in the workplace amongst the female gender is immediate death to your livelihood.

Simply put, they don't want equality, they want superiority. They want extended benefits for childcare, childbirth, etc. I would like to know how they compare to a male in insurance costs per person.

I have to think they are possibly 'the' major cause for increased health ins. costs. Not the elderly. I have no facts to back that up so use your own common sense. The rest of us shouldn't be required to raise their kids for them or to give them extra time off.

In a nutshell, the ABC News report and this article is just a feminine proactive agent to try and further advance their agenda of superiority in the workplace. And to further enhance support groups for women, while making the male the bad guy.

It's a fact, that boys in school are falling behind girls and fewer are going to college than girls. Why? It just might be that about 15-20yrs. ago the girls started getting preferential treatment in school, while the boys were left to do their own thing.

Poor article, poor reporting by all involved. Get your facts straight.


Mar 24, 2011 1:29PM

1 out of 6, 2 out of 3, the numbers do not suggest that the mancession is over - that is editorial diatribe.

Husker raises a very valid point. Not only Husker's analogy put the editorial diatribe suggest that misandry is prevalent.

Mar 23, 2011 11:46PM
Mar 24, 2011 2:02PM

one more comment to cement what i mentioned. Notice the sources quoted. Now ask yourself who they are supporting.

It ain't men!!

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