MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle: This is why America’s record unemployment is impacting women the most

Excerpted from MSNBC by Stephanie Ruhle and Emily Pandise

As unemployment has soared throughout the coronavirus pandemic, women have been hit especially hard by job loss, according to recent government data.

Jobs data from the past several months has shown that women are losing more jobs overall than men. Between February and May, 11.5 million women lost their jobs, compared to 9 million men during the same period. Additionally, women accounted for 55 percent of the 20.5 million jobs lost in April, according to BLS statistics. That sent the unemployment rate for adult women skyrocketing – 13 percent compared to just 3.1 percent in February.

This recession will be different for men and women, according to National Women’s Law Center Director of Research Jasmine Tucker. “Coming into this recession, women were just starting to come back [from the 2008 recession], just reached the majority of the workforce,” she said in an interview. “All of those jobs that women had gained in a decade were lost in one month.”

Between February and May, 11.5 million women lost their jobs, compared to 9 million men during the same period.

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