3 Charts That Show How Hard It Is for Women to Find Work

Since 2007, women between the ages of 26 and 40 have had difficulties finding work, no matter their race.

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National Journal
Matt Vasilogambros
April 22, 2014, 10:36 a.m.

The re­ces­sion was not kind to wo­men.

New data from Remap­ping De­bate, a non­profit pub­lic policy or­gan­iz­a­tion, out­line key em­ploy­ment fig­ures of dif­fer­ent demo­graph­ics from Janu­ary 2007 to today.

In the years fol­low­ing the eco­nom­ic down­turn in 2007, wo­men between the ages of 26 and 40 with high school de­grees have struggled to find work, no mat­ter their race. Remap­ping De­bate out­lined em­ploy­ment data from black, white, and His­pan­ic wo­men, us­ing num­bers from the U.S. Census Bur­eau and the Bur­eau of Labor Stat­ist­ics.

Em­ploy­ment for each group of wo­men has de­creased sub­stan­tially: More than 50 per­cent of these wo­men were fully em­ployed in 2007; today, that num­ber is be­low 50 per­cent.

Black Wo­men

The num­ber of full-time black wo­men with high school de­grees has stead­ily fallen, from 59.85 per­cent in Janu­ary 2007 to 47.86 per­cent in March 2014.

While many of these wo­men do have jobs, the real shift in em­ploy­ment is com­ing from the num­ber of wo­men leav­ing the work­force and the num­ber of wo­men seek­ing part-time work. Ac­cord­ing to these data, 8.79 per­cent of these wo­men were em­ployed in part-time jobs in Janu­ary 2007. That num­ber is now 13.83 per­cent.

His­pan­ic Wo­men

Full em­ploy­ment for His­pan­ic wo­men with high school de­grees seems to have flat­lined in re­cent years, hov­er­ing around its cur­rent 44-per­cent mark. Many of those wo­men are either un­em­ployed or have left the work­force al­to­geth­er.

White Wo­men

While the num­ber of un­em­ployed white wo­men in this age and edu­ca­tion group has seen some im­prove­ment in re­cent years, it still hasn’t re­covered from Janu­ary 2007.

As with black and His­pan­ic wo­men with high school de­grees between 26 and 40, the num­ber of white wo­men in this group who have left the work­force in­creased sub­stan­tially in re­cent years, go­ing from 28.10 per­cent in 2007 to 32.29 per­cent now.

That leaves the num­ber of fully em­ployed wo­men in this demo­graph­ic at 47.28 per­cent, well be­low its ori­gin­al level.

So, what does this all mean for wo­men in the work­force?

The typ­ic­al Amer­ic­an mak­ing min­im­um wage is 35 years old and provid­ing half of the in­come for his or her fam­ily, ac­cord­ing to the Eco­nom­ic Policy In­sti­tute. Ad­di­tion­ally, many single moth­ers fall with­in this age and edu­ca­tion group.

Con­sid­er­ing where many of these wo­men are fin­an­cially, it seems that the ones who are provid­ing the most are do­ing the worst.

Black Women

The num­ber of full-time black wo­men with high school de­grees has stead­ily fallen, from 59.85 per­cent in Janu­ary 2007 to 47.86 per­cent in March 2014.

While many of these wo­men do have jobs, the real shift in em­ploy­ment is com­ing from the num­ber of wo­men leav­ing the work­force and the num­ber of wo­men seek­ing part-time work. Ac­cord­ing to these data, 8.79 per­cent of these wo­men were em­ployed in part-time jobs in Janu­ary 2007. That num­ber is now 13.83 per­cent.

Hispanic Women

Full em­ploy­ment for His­pan­ic wo­men with high school de­grees seems to have flat­lined in re­cent years, hov­er­ing around its cur­rent 44-per­cent mark. Many of those wo­men are either un­em­ployed or have left the work­force al­to­geth­er.

White Women

While the num­ber of un­em­ployed white wo­men in this age and edu­ca­tion group has seen some im­prove­ment in re­cent years, it still hasn’t re­covered from Janu­ary 2007.

As with black and His­pan­ic wo­men with high school de­grees between 26 and 40, the num­ber of white wo­men in this group who have left the work­force in­creased sub­stan­tially in re­cent years, go­ing from 28.10 per­cent in 2007 to 32.29 per­cent now.

That leaves the num­ber of fully em­ployed wo­men in this demo­graph­ic at 47.28 per­cent, well be­low its ori­gin­al level.

So, what does this all mean for wo­men in the work­force?

The typ­ic­al Amer­ic­an mak­ing min­im­um wage is 35 years old and provid­ing half of the in­come for his or her fam­ily, ac­cord­ing to the Eco­nom­ic Policy In­sti­tute. Ad­di­tion­ally, many single moth­ers fall with­in this age and edu­ca­tion group.

Con­sid­er­ing where many of these wo­men are fin­an­cially, it seems that the ones who are provid­ing the most are do­ing the worst.

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