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The Unemployment Gender Gap During the 2007 Recession


Aysegul Sahin


Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Joseph Song


Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Bart Hobijn


Federal Reserve Bank of New York - Domestic Research Function; Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics

February 1, 2010

Current Issues in Economics and Finance, Vol. 16, No. 2, February 2010

Abstract:     
Women fared decidedly better than men during the most recent recession. By August 2009, the unemployment rate for men had hit 11.0 percent, while that for women held at 8.3 percent. This 2.7 percentage point unemployment gender gap - the largest in the postwar era - appears to reflect two factors: First, men were much more heavily represented in the industries that suffered the most during the downturn. Second, there was a much sharper increase in the percentage of men who - prompted, perhaps, by a decline in household liquidity - rejoined the labor force but failed to find a job.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 7

Keywords: Labor Market, Gender Differences

JEL Classification: E24, J22

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Date posted: March 31, 2010  

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Sahin, Aysegul and Song, Joseph and Hobijn, Bart, The Unemployment Gender Gap During the 2007 Recession (February 1, 2010). Current Issues in Economics and Finance, Vol. 16, No. 2, February 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1582525 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1582525

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Aysegul Sahin (Contact Author)
Federal Reserve Bank of New York ( email )
33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045
United States
Joseph Song
Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of New York ( email )
33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045
United States
Bart Hobijn
Federal Reserve Bank of New York - Domestic Research Function ( email )
33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045
United States
Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics ( email )
269 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10003
United States
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