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Women Now Make Up the Majority of the U.S. Labor Force

  • Females make up the largest share of labor market since 2010
  • Participation rate for prime-age women reaches 19-year high

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Women have replaced men as the majority of jobholders, and the roles they’re choosing signals a labor-market shift.

Women held 50.04% of nonfarm payroll positions in December, the highest share since 2010, according to Labor Department data Friday. The proportion has been steadily ticking up in recent years as a tight labor market pulls them in and offers higher wages and perks.