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Jeff Humphreys
Jeff Humphreys

 

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research finds “women have regained all their jobs lost in the recession,” reports the Augusta Chronicle.  The reason is simple: “The recession hit male-dominated industries the hardest,” says Jeff Humphreys, director of the Selig Center for Economic Growth.

“There was less ground to make up,” Humphreys said. “So many men lost their jobs relative to women, and that’s because the epicenter of the Great Recession was property markets, construction and manufacturing in Georgia.”

Those hardest-hit fields also have been the slowest to recover but are starting to bounce back, he said.

“I think going forward, we’re going to see more parity with respect to males and females landing jobs because those traditional male-dominated industries are no longer lagging,” he said. “In fact, you could make the case that they are sort of leading the way now in terms of new job creation going forward.”

The full article is available online.