Journal Article

Women Take a Bigger Hit in the First Wave of Job Losses due to COVID-19

Abstract: The temporary shutdown orders and social distancing measures taken to fight the COVID-19 outbreak have caused substantial job losses in the United States. Women, especially those without a college degree, have taken a bigger hit in the first wave of job losses. This imbalance could lead to prolonged damage to women’s employment and labor market attachment if job losses deepen and persist in the coming months.

Keywords: Unemployment; Employment; Women; Labor Force; Job loss; COVID-19;

JEL Classification: J20; J21;

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Bibliographic Information

Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Part of Series: Economic Bulletin

Publication Date: 2020-04-16

Issue: April 16, 2020

Pages: 5