Very briefly, at the end of 2019 and the start of 2020, there were slightly more women on American nonfarm payrolls than men.


That’s no longer true. The historically disastrous April jobs report shows that the brunt of job losses fell on women.

Women now account for around just under half — 49% — of American workers, and they accounted for 55% of the increase in job losses last month.

One way of looking at why that matters that is to look at the gap that opened up between women’s and men’s unemployment last month. The below chart shows women’s unemployment rate minus men’s unemployment rate since 2007.


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