Differences between women’s and men’s unemployment rates over the decades
November 28, 2006
Since the early 1980s, women’s and men’s unemployment rates have been roughly similar.
In 2000, the jobless rates for women and men were 4.1 and 3.9 percent, respectively, and were at 30-year lows. The rates rose from 2000 to 2003, but then declined in the next 2 years. The unemployment rates for women and men were equal in 2005 at 5.1 percent.
These data are annual averages from the Current Population Survey. For a wide variety of information on women and work, see BLS Report 996, Women in the Labor Force: A Databook (2006 Edition).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Differences between women’s and men’s unemployment rates over the decades on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/nov/wk4/art02.htm (visited October 23, 2016).
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