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Women Trail in U.S. Employment Gains as Governments Cut

After eight years as a guidance counselor at Scotts Valley High School and more than 14 years with the district in Santa Cruz County, California, Kimberly Frey says she lost her job in June as part of budget cuts.

Since then, she has forgone health insurance and sold her car to save money while looking for similar guidance work, with no options in sight. “It’s really dried up for school counselors here,” she said. “It’s very discouraging.”