U.S. Great Mancession Continues

by: Mark J. Perry

The recession might be winding down, but the "mancession" continues. The chart below shows the difference between monthly unemployment rates for men and women, and the unprecedented gap isn't getting better.

For July, the unemployment rate for all men was 10.5%, a decrease of .10% from the 10.6% rate in June, whereas the jobless rate for women fell by .20% to 8.1% in July from 8.3% in June, and the male-female jobless rate gap increased to 2.4% in July from 2.3% in June (see graph above, data here).

The male unemployment rate has exceeded the female jobless rate for each of the last 32 months, going back to December 2006, and is the second longest consecutive monthly period of male unemployment exceeding female unemployment in BLS history (back to WWII). The only longer period of a positive male-female jobless rate gap was the 45 month period from June 1990 to February 1994, but the gap in that period was mostly below 1%, and the gap during the "Great Mancession" has been above 1% and even above 2% for much of the current period.

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