Saturday, November 28, 2009

Recession Victimizes Men

See this Wall Street Journal article which lays out the serious differences in male and female unemployment, during the ongoing recession. The impact on men has been dramatic:
As of the end of October, the U.S. had lost 7.3 million jobs in this Great Recession. Men account for 5.3 million of that loss. The shift is so dramatic that women now constitute 49.9% of the work force and will soon outnumber men.
To what does the Journal attribute this disparity?
About half of all job losses have been in manufacturing and construction, overwhelmingly male sectors.
Democrats, who currently control the levers of government, attract the votes of more women. Republicans attract the votes of more men. Bailout money has gone to places that hire women: education and health care. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised.