How COVID-19 Caused a “She-Cession”
Several women-dominated industries were hit hardest by the pandemic.
Provided by Jamie Hansman
Since the 1980s, unemployment rates have trended higher amongst men than women during a recession. In previous periods of economic downturn, this made sense. Male-dominated industries, like construction and finance, were typically some of the most impacted by a recession.1
But with the onset of COVID-19, we’ve seen a shift in what workforces are the most impacted. The unemployment rate among women more than quadrupled from 4.4% in March 2020 to 16.1% in April 2020. That’s a 2.5% higher rate of unemployment in women than men.1
There are a few reasons why this past year’s economic downturn is being called a “she-cession.”
Several women-dominated industries, including hospitality and leisure and entry-level food positions, were hit hardest by the pandemic. And when schools, nurseries, and daycares shut down, parents scrambled to cover. This increased need for full-time childcare meant many working mothers adjusted their professional roles to accommodate.
While the government offered several short-term assistance options to help those affected by the pandemic, there are long-term, compounding financial hardships that should be addressed by a professional. If you’ve experienced financial strain due to the long-lasting effects of COVID-19, do not hesitate to reach out. I’m here to help get your financial goals back on track.
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- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 2020