Job Growth Among Women Continues to Climb

65 percent of Jobs Added in the 3rd Quarter of 2016 Went to Women

Source: Institute for Women’s Policy Research (October 2016)

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) analysis of the September employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) finds that women gained 56,000 jobs and men gained 100,000 jobs for a total of 156,000 jobs added in September, giving women 36 percent of job growth.

In 2016, women’s job growth has exceeded men’s for three straight quarters in a row. In the third quarter of 2016 (July through September), women gained 65 percent (372,000 jobs) and men gained 35 percent (203,000 jobs) of all jobs added (575,000 jobs) in quarter three. Women gained 77 percent of all jobs in quarter one (January through March) and 84 percent of all jobs in quarter two (April through June). The overall unemployment rate increased slightly from 4.9 in August to 5.0 percent in September, reflecting more people entering the labor market to look for jobs.

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