New IWPR Briefing Paper Finds Women’s Unemployment, Economic Insecurity, and Poverty at Historic Highs in the Recession

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research released a comprehensive, 67-page Briefing Paper, entitled Women and Men’s Employment and Unemployment in the Great Recession. Based on analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, the Briefing Paper finds many families are relying on women’s earnings when men are unemployed and that unemployed men and women are experiencing an average of 29 weeks of unemployment before finding a new job.
The Briefing Paper, authored by Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., Ashley English, and Jeffrey Hayes, Ph.D., researchers at IWPR, is available on the IWPR website here: www.iwpr.org/pdf/C373womeninrecession.pdf.

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