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The She-covery that Wasn't (October 8, 2013)

By Bryce Stucki
The American Prospect

..."A significant amount of new work for women is in low-wage occupations. According to research from the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), 60 percent of women’s job gains from 2009 to 2012 were in occupations that pay, on average, less than $10.10 an hour. Cashiers, waitresses, and home health aides are among the "booming" professions—jobs in which women have traditionally been majorities. While those gains translate to an increase of roughly 800,000 women in low-paying fields, the share of all employed women in those jobs is only slightly larger now than it was before the downturn. Still, the growth of low-wage jobs worries Joan Entmacher, vice president of the NWLC. “Women were a majority in these low-wage jobs before the recession, but this is really an acceleration of this trend,” she says. “There also has been quite a high number of part-time jobs in those new employment figures,” adds Ariane Hegewisch at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). “Those jobs often do not really pay a living wage.”

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