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Women Now Make Up Slim Majority of Workforce

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Jan 13, 2020

U.S. Labor Department data reveals that women now make up a slight majority of the workforce, occupying 50.04 percent of all jobs in the country, according to the Wall Street Journal. This could be an indicator of broader market trends, as the Journal points out that the industries that are growing right now, such as health care and education, have a higher proportion of women. Meanwhile, many male-dominated industries, like mining and industrial manufacturing, have long been declining. A similar effect was seen the last time women outnumbered men in the workplace, between June 2009 and April 2010, when male-dominated industries like construction and manufacturing saw major disruption from the financial crisis, in contrast to industries that employed more women. However, this most recent shift, according to the Journal, is likely more reflective of long-term changes occurring in the market, rather than a short reaction to a major event, and so while for now the majority is slim, over time it could increase.