Virtually every group is taking it on the chin in this economy — older workers, younger workers, blue-collar, white-collar, men and now — women.
AJC reporter Dan Chapman writes that women are catching up to men when it comes to unemployment.
In Georgia, the unemployment gap has narrowed, with 9.2 percent of women unemployed last year, about a percentage point below male unemployment, Chapman writes.
In the past year, as male unemployment has dipped significantly, the female jobless rate has barely shifted, according to the labor department.
For black women, unemployment stands at 14 percent, Chapman reports. Single women who “maintain families” are nearly twice as likely to visit the unemployment office as men who are married with a spouse.
Clearly, the labor market has not been kind to anyone. Long-term unemployment, for example, is getting worse, with 50.7 percent of the jobless in Georgia now out of work for at least 27 weeks.
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