Hiring is rebounding in the US – but the ‘shecession’ persists
In March, 495,000 women entered the labor force, but the figures betray the harsher economic situation for Black women and many have dropped out altogether
Women were hit hardest when the Covid-19 pandemic started taking its terrible toll on the job market. Last month there were promising gains for women in the workforce but it’s still too early to declare the end of the “shecession”.
The pandemic’s arrival hit the women-dominated leisure, hospitality and retail industries first and hardest as the nation went into lockdown. As job losses hit record highs the US recorded another sorry first – the first recession in which women lost the most jobs.