Family hit by male-dominated recession?

This recession has gotten personal, changing the fabric of American families.

The share of families being supported primarily by women has risen sharply as the downturn has hit male-dominated industries particularly hard, such as construction and manufacturing, AJC reporter Tammy Joyner writes.

In the last two years, the percentage of U.S. households with working women who have unemployed husbands has increased from 12.1 percent to 15.6 percent.

What’s more, households with female breadwinners are having to make do on significantly less income and are often going without health care and other necessities, Joyner writes.

Has your family been affected like this? How have you coped?

10 comments Add your comment


September 14th, 2009
6:58 am

Why doesn’t your family suffer? Your the worse Business columnist ever. You should be hitting the likes..


September 14th, 2009
7:33 am

Yes, our family is going thru the same thing. My husband in back in school because he couldn’t find work so he’s changing careers. It’s very hard living off of one income especially after taking a paycut myself. My sister-in-law is also financially supporting her family. Hopefully both of our men will soon find work. I need a break!


September 14th, 2009
9:21 am

My husband drives a truck for a construction company and most weeks he is lucky to work 15-20 hours. My hours have also been cut from 40 to 35. It has been very difficult over the past few months and don’t see it improving any time soon. What makes me most angry is that I fear is he is starting to like working on a few hours per week. Yes, our heads are above water, but barely and I feel so much extra stress because all financially commitments are resting on my shoulders. My greatest concern is that if we have a major expense at the house or with the cars, we won’t be able to afford the repairs.


September 14th, 2009
9:38 am

We are about 6 months from loosing our home since my husband has been out of work for a year and 6 months. Where are all these stimulus created jobs? Credit has been cut and we have no way of paying for anything extra that may happen…..when do we get bailed out?


September 14th, 2009
10:24 am

My family has just started the journey as I was laid off 2 weeks ago. It’s really depressing and discouraging as I search for a job. Every day, I see the same positions being offered by recruiters that were the same ones they offered 3+ months ago. There are no new jobs being created, or companies have finally started to promote within. Of those I have applied to, which I know I was qualified for based on my experience and my years doing this type of work, and would have resulted
in a pay cut, have not even resulted in even a call back from these recruiters. If nothing happens soon, I will have no other choice but to go back to school and be retrained in new field. That would be twenty plus years of my life wasted.


September 14th, 2009
10:46 am

This whole ressession thing just kills me. You know what go ahead and call it a depression. So what. Bottom line, don’t stop being a consumer.

I say so what. Who cares about Corporations and what they rake in. Your bored you click on the news. Corporate this and that. What the goverment did to help them to help the American people. Its all stupid.

What do i care. If people are stupid lemmings that live and die by these hucksters. Have you ever made your OWN way? Said to hell with the community and the economy. Why should I feed the corporations. What have they ever done for me?

So if you live and die by this stuff. IT’S A DEPRESSION. Now go and make your own way. Simple. Then when you stop borrowing. Stop living like a slave. Which you are when you do borrow. Then the Corporations just don’t matter. A depression just means you can’t borrow any more and go into debt.

Now you can start your own life. Keep what you get. It’s a hard road, true. Contrasting the fact that being a slave. Just means you don’t have to think and your just told what to do. That is what a slave is.

So the question is. Do you like being a slave. So if you worked for the Corporations and borrowed. Well try and explain to me how you did not have to do what your told. Thats what slaves to what they are told.

A Independent man. Eeeks out his own living no matter how small. He does what he wants. He does not have to hear masters voice. No one tells him what to do. Or how to do it.


September 14th, 2009
11:01 am

It bothers me that: The govenment is setting trying to get this whole lending thing going again. So they can do just that. Company’s tempt people to borrow. Which puts people into slavery. Buying way overpriced goods on credit. So they get both ends. The jacked up prices and the loan money. It’s like the company store.


September 15th, 2009
6:54 am

TheWay…you don’t get it. FAMILIES are becoming homeless because they lose their job and home. How do they make their own way living on the street and unable to find a J-O-B? Don’t work for Corporate? I agree. Corporate America sucks. They’re greedy bastards and the Wall Street fat cats, BOD’s, and CEO’s and their cronies are the worst rapists of capitalism. But dude….if the banks are unwilling to give the little people small business loans anymore and one has no income, how do they “create” their own money and means of survival? Maybe we all will end up living in tent cities….just like the refugees who run from their own government.


September 15th, 2009
6:59 am

Going on 10 months of unemployment after the commercial developer I worked for went belly up last November & my wife can’t find work due to a rusty skill set. We all find ourselves having to adapt to change we did not ask for which is particularly stressful if one doesn’t have time to adjust due to financial circumstances. In spite of this, a self-help guru I follow often points out that you can’t remedy a situation by condemning it. About all one can do is muster the courage to face each day with an awareness that you’ll grow from this terrible circumstance & follow your own moral compass.


September 15th, 2009
9:00 am

You have to figure out how to do things on your own. Without being dependent on borrowed money and being a slave. See what your saying is, I do not know what to do. Show me and tell me what to do- Thats not a self governing man. Your very words show you are dependent on. More importantly you do not recognize that you are a slave to those people.

Furthermore you do not recognize. You will never see this stated anywhere. That there are people that could care less about the economy. Because they are self-governed.

I cannot help you out of your situation. You have to think that out for yourself. Don’t go back to the old one. You will then love life.