Ladies, it seems like we’re finally taking the lead when it comes to getting jobs. The Labor Department reported that the unemployment for men increased to 7.9 percent from 7.7 percent while the percentage of jobless women dropped from 7.3 percent to 7.1 percent, reports USA Today.
There were 175,000 jobs added to the workforce in May. For the year so far, men have been hired for 475,000 jobs while women have gained 471,000. This isn’t bad at all considering the fact that women only make up 47 percent of all working Americans.
This is a completely different picture from what we saw three years ago, however. In 2010, the job market pushed many women out when 415,000 government jobs were lost. Most of these were administrative and teaching positions. At the time, men gained 3.5 million jobs; discouragingly, women were limited to only 1.8 million jobs.
Now, because of federal budget cuts and the sequester, male-dominated industries such as manufacturing and the U.S. Postal Service suffered a blow in retaining employment.
This female job recovery began last year when women took over 45 percent of the 2.2 million jobs added in 2012. Sadly, most of the job growth for women has been in low-wage positions such as cashiers and waitresses. Women are overwhelmingly employed for retail jobs. About 93,000 sales positions were added this year. According to Joan Entmacher, vice president of the National Women’s Law Center, many teachers who had been pushed from their jobs moved to jobs in the fast-food industry. About 50 percent of the jobs attained by women have been low-wage position where as only 23 percent of men have low-wage occupations this year.
This is a great step, but it’s a small one. Ladies, can we please make bigger moves in pursuing higher-wage jobs in the future? I’d love for us to break through the glass ceiling holding females back from acquiring predominately male occupations, like those in the STEM areas. Women are making strides, we just need to keep pushing on.