Women Left Out of Manufacturing Rebound
By Bryce Covert, Next New Deal Editor
The good news: manufacturing employment rose for the first time in more than a decade last year. The bad news: that was only true for men. In a report released today, the National Women’s Law Center found that men gained 230,000 jobs in manufacturing between 2010 and 2011, while women lost 25,000 jobs.
Interestingly, manufacturing has not been a very mancession-y sector. Yes, employment there tanked and was a big part of why men had such a high rate during the recession. But the job losses within the sector were actually proportional according to gender. Women held about 30 percent of the jobs before the recession and lost 30 percent of the jobs during it; men held about 70 percent of jobs and lost the same amount. But as with the economy as a whole, the recovery has not been as kind to women. From 2010 to 2011, not a single sector in manufacturing showed job gains for women; rather, there were a few in which women lost ground.