According to data updated through this weekend, employers in the United States cut 140 thousand jobs only during December in the midst of the contingency, but the most shocking thing is that women accounted for all job losses, losing 156 thousand jobs, while men gained 16 thousand.
CNN reports that the gender gap deepens as the contingency progresses, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports these figures in which women lose out, especially women. latinas, who currently have the highest unemployment rate with 9.1 percent, followed by Afro-descendant women with 8.4 percent and finally Caucasian women, with the lowest unemployment rate of 5.7 percent.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for women of other racial or ethnic identities, but it is well known that the gap is huge for men and that Latinas are the hardest hit by this, amid a crisis in the one that employment is fundamental.
Overall, women have lost 5.4 million jobs since February, before the contingency began, compared to 4.4 million jobs lost for men. They started 2020 on an equal footing, with women holding 50.03 percent of jobs, but they ended up with 860,000 fewer jobs than men.
That gap is largely due to heavy job losses in three sectors: education, which is still a female-dominated industry, hospitality and retail, particularly clothing and accessories stores. All of these industries have been hit by the pandemic.
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In Mexico, the unemployment outlook is also bleak. Between March and July, 1 million 117 thousand 584 were registered in the country layoffs, of which 873,941 (78.2 percent) corresponded to paid jobs with no more than two minimum wages, according to data from the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS).
The labor market in Mexico lost 3.6 million people from the economically active population (EAP) during the third quarter of the year. The EAP went from 57.3 million to 53.8 million from July to September. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate increased 1.4 percentage points, from 3.7 percent to 5.1 percent.