American Women Lost More Than 5 Million Jobs In 2020

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By Maggie McGrath

Following the final jobs report of 2020, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics released on Friday, a National Women’s Law Center analysis of the numbers provided a horrifyingly fitting coda to a horrifying year: Not only did the U.S. workforce lose 140,000 jobs in December, but women lost a net 156,000 jobs, while men gained a net 16,000. In other words, women accounted for 100% of the labor market’s first month of losses since a tepid recovery began in May.

Held at face value, the December numbers appear to be a stunning fall from where women’s employment was one

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