The US lost 140,000 jobs in December. All of those jobs were held by women.
- The December
jobs reportfrom the Bureau of Labor Statisticssaid 140,000 jobswere lost last month.
- All of those lost jobs were held by
women, data shows.
- The disparities grow even wider when considering race, with Black and Latina women working in retail and education sectors being hit the hardest.
The US posted a surprise decline in payrolls in December and all of the 140,000 jobs lost were held by women, according to data.
Analysts had expected an uptick in employment in December but instead American businesses shed 140,000 nonfarm payroll. The country's
Many of them - including barbershops and retail stores - have reopened and are offering services while adhering to COVID-19 restrictions, including caps on the number of people present in person. Other small businesses remain closed or are operating at reduced capacity.Job losses have been particularly steep across woman-dominated sectors like education. Women have also lost jobs in the hospitality and retail sectors.
All together, there were 2.1 million fewer women working last month than there were in February, right before the pandemic had seriously hit small businesses and brought intense economic fluctuation, according to the NWLC analysis.The disparities grow even wider when considering race. The coronavirus has hit Black and Latina women harder than white men and women. Black and Latina women working in retail or across essential service sectors have been disproportionately laid off during the coronavirus pandemic.
About 1 in 12 Black women and 1 in 11 Latina women remain unemployed, the NWLC analysis says. Those figures represent about 8.4% and 9.1%
About 5.8% of white men, in comparison, reported unemployment in December.To offset some of the economic devastation, President Donald Trump signed the second coronavirus relief bill in December. It was a $900 billion relief package that contained $600 direct payments for most Americans.
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