Unlike the 2001 recession, most of the job loss in this latest economic swoon is centered around adult men, particularly those with low and middle skills. Here’s a report from Reuters that offers some interesting numbers.
One statistic that stands out in America’s recession-stung economy is the unemployment rate for adult men: in April for the second month in a row it surged ahead of the national average to 9.4 percent versus 8.9 percent for all workers. The jobless rate for adult women was 7.1 percent.
The reasons are clear: male-heavy sectors such as construction and manufacturing have been hard hit. But the implications may be dire for the broader economy and hamper the recovery as families that once had male breadwinners struggle.
“In the 2001 recession, 51 percent of all job losses were for men. It was evenly split. But in this recession 80 percent of the jobs that have been lost have been men’s,” said Andrew Sum, a labor economics professor at Northeastern University who has studied this issue in detail.