Women Edged Out Men in Payroll Employment in December

​Women made up a slightly larger share of nonfarm payroll employment than men in December—the first time in 10 years, according to the latest U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The ratio for women has been 50.0 percent for the last three months. However, drilling into the figures shows a slight uptick from 49.99 percent in November 2019 to 50.04 percent December 2019.

The reason for the bump is the growth of job sectors where women are predominately employed—such as health care—according to Ariane Hegewisch. She is program director of employment and earnings at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, D.C.

“It’s not that women are overtaking men in the workforce,” she said. The BLS data measures the…

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Credit to Kathy Gurchiek for the original post.

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