Women Laid Off, Workers Sped Up: Support Staff Hold a Clue to the Gendered Recovery
- When analyzed by occupation, much of women’s disproportionate job loss can be explained by the jobs cut in the category “office and administrative support occupations.”
- In this category, women have lost a total of 925,000 jobs while men have gained 204,000. Women represent 75% of the nearly 17.6 million jobs in this occupation.
- A compelling explanation for this new phenomenon is the fact that American workers are being asked to take on more duties without pay increases. Companies are laying off support staff and simply distributing their work to others.
- While there may be long-term shifts taking place in the kind of work these positions will entail, in the short-term much more robust job creation is needed to help women maintain their support jobs.
* Read the GOOD Magazine article on this problem here.