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Written by Morphus on Friday, 19 August 2011 14:58   

Black women have lost more jobs than black men since the recession began in December 2007, says a recent report by the National Women's Law Center.


While the recession hit black men harder than any other group, the economic recovery has shifted that impact to their female counterparts, according to a recent report by the National Women's Law Center, which shows that black women have lately seen their unemployment rate rise even as other populations—including black men—have finally begun to regain jobs.


Between June 2009 and June 2011, black men gained 127,000 jobs while black women lost more than twice that number, 258,000, the report says. That means that black women have now lost more total jobs than have black men since the recession began in December 2007.


"We hear back from women suggesting that some employers think it's more important for men to get back to work than for women," said Joan Entmacher, the National Women's Law Center's vice president for family economic security, citing anecdotes from women she has interviewed. "I suspect that is one of the things at work."


But on the contrary, the report suggests that women are more critical to the economic health of the black population.


“Black women are a majority [53.4%] of the black workforce, head a majority [52.8%] of black families with children, and were more economically vulnerable even before the recession started,” according to the report.



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